Sligo Civil Defence continues to ‘Meet the Challenges of a Changing World’

The organisation is widely regarded and respected by the local community, and has attracted many plaudits for the efficiency and professionalism with which it carries out its duties.

Sligo Civil Defence personnel attend numerous events throughout the year, and provide first aid and ambulance cover at many important sporting and community events.

Volunteers are trained in a range of skills and techniques, and they have been an important presence at events such as the Irish Open, National Ploughing Championships, Queen Elizabeths visit, All Ireland Fleadh and President Obama’s visit to Ireland.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should contact

Civil Defence Officer,
071 9142702,
e-mail info@sligococo.ie or download

Civil Defence Enrolment Form (PDF) - 80 kbs - 80 kbs - 80 kbs

Training classes are held in six centres throughout the county, and are open to people between the ages of 18 and 65.

Where the action is, that is where you will find Civil Defence! Supporting, helping and organising the community.

Providing essential back up in emergency situations - storm crisis, environmental threats major road, sea or air accidents, rescue operations, evacuations, fire control- its all part of the service.  That’s why we say – when it counts, we are there.

Sligo Civil Defence comprises of 80 active volunteers fully equipped and trained available at short notice to assist where needed. There is no special training required by an individual interested in joining Civil Defence Training is given throughout the year to all volunteers. You must be 18 years and under 65 in order to join Civil Defence. Some of the work carried out by Civil Defence can be strenuous and under extreme conditions. When the organisation is called upon to assist it can mean that you are out in all kinds of weather but the satisfaction of assisting at the end of the day far outweighs the unpleasantness of the weather.

There are six centres spread throughout the county so there may be one near you. There are many branches within the organisation that you can choose from to become involved in namely: first aid, welfare, communications, search and recovery. All volunteers must train in basic first aid life saving skills. There are opportunities to go forward to train as an instructor in the specialist field of your preference.  

For more information about the Civil Defence please visit

Irish Civil Defence - http://www.civildefence.ie