DUBLIN, Ireland - The Defence Department has submitted an application to the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) to renew Civil Defence's status as a Pre Hospital Emergency Care Service Provider.
The measure allows Civil Defence to continue to provide emergency medical services.
The move follows intensive engagement since earlier this year, between officials from the Department of Defence, from Local Authorities represented by the County and City Management Association and from PHECC.
Civil Defence's current licence was due to expire at the end of November 2018. Following an application, this was extended to 30 July 2019 and subsequently again to 31 August 2019.
Following engagement between the Department of Defence and the County and City Management Association on behalf of Local Authorities, the government says it has been agreed that Local Authorities will provide the assurance for 7 of the individual elements with the assurance for the remainder being provided by the Department of Defence. There will however be only one licence application to PHECC, submitted by the Department of Defence on behalf of the entire Civil Defence organisation.
The new PHECC licence will run up to 31 August 2020.
The Minister with Responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe said Wednesday he is satisfied to see the issue has been resolved through constructive engagement between all three organisations. In particular, he noted, "management and Civil Defence personnel representing Local Authorities have a crucial role to play in terms of Civil Defence and I look forward to continued close engagement between my officials and officials representing Local Authorities."
"I would like to thank officials from PHECC for their co-operation and support in resolving this issue and I look forward to continued positive engagement between my Department and PHECC, on a range of issues."
"I am very conscious that Civil Defence volunteers have been anxious about this issue and I would like to thank them for their patience," he said. "I wish to assure them that with the licence issue now resolved, the organisation can continue to deliver the professional level of emergency medical service that it is renowned for."