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Search and Rescue

The rescue service is a very valuable service within any community. Rescue activity in Civil Defence can be divided into three categories.

Members are trained in

  • Urban Rescue
  • Open Country
  • Search for missing persons & water based search and recovery.

The rescue service offers a physically enduring and challenging outdoor activity for members to partake in. Members must have a physical fitness and stamina that would enable them to undergo long periods of sustained activity.

Training also includes:

  • Map Reading
  • Communications (VHF/UHF)
  • Search Management
  • Rescue Methods
  • First Aid

Training for water activities is provided by external agencies.

Kildare Civil Defence has two boats in the County.  One is based in Naas and this covers the River Liffey and surrounding canals in the North of the County.  The other one is based in Athy and this covers the River Barrow and surrounding canals in the South of the County.