OPENING the new state of the art Civil Defence premises in Mountmellick last Friday, the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter rightly paid tribute to the work and ethos of Civil Defence.
He praised the volunteers for their “unselfish contribution to the local community.”
Last Friday’s opening of the new facilities in Mountmellick was testament to the commitment, work and role of Civil Defence in Mountmellick, and Laois and Offaly as a whole.
It is a role that can often get overlooked. In the case of Mountmellick, the local organisation has been in existence for over 60 years and during that time it has grown and expanded.
The work undertaken by Civil Defence is invaluable in dealing with emergency situations.
Whether its responding to snow and flood situations, or search and rescue operations it fulfills a huge and important task.
It relies on the commitment and volunteerism of its members.
In this respect it is well served by the dedication of its members who are prepared to respond to emergency calls on a 24 hour basis.
That dedication and pride were evident in Mountmellick last Friday.
Laois County Council has acknowledged the role of Civi Defence by facilitating the provision of the new Mountmellick facility.
The Justice Minister extolled other local authorities to do likewise last Friday.