New emergency vehicle to help Kilkenny rescuers in severe weather events
The Civil Defence Unit in Kilkenny is to take delivery of a new four-wheel drive vehicle which will be put to use in cases of emergencies and severe weather events.
The vehicle, a Ford Ranger Crewcab, is one of 32 being made available to Civil Defense units around the country by the Department of Defence after they were awarded funding from the Dormant Accounts Fund.
Welcoming the announcement, Kilkenny TD John Paul Phelan said: “This will further enhance the Civil Defence fleet and ensure the organisation and its volunteers can continue to support the Principal Response Agencies of An Garda Síochána, the HSE and Local Authorities.
“Throughout our response to Covid-19, our Civil Defence and other volunteer agencies played a vital role in their respective communities.
“From transporting patients to hospitals, nursing homes and testing centres in Kilkenny, to the collection of medications and medical equipment – we are rightly proud of our Civil Defence volunteers.
” These new vehicles will be an additional resource for those who give their time and work so hard in times of emergency,” Deputy Phelan added.