Kilkenny Defence Forces delivers brief on National Emergency Strategy

Gardaí, the HSE, members of the Civil Defence and local authorities all briefed

Mary Cody

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Kilkenny Defence Forces deliver brief on National Emergency Strategy

The Defence Forces of the 3rd Infantry Battalion hosted a brief for members of An Gardaí Síochána, the HSE, the Civil Defence and county councils in the South Region in James Stephens’ Barracks Kilkenny on Thursday.
The purpose of the brief was to inform these agencies of the support the Defence Forces can provide during times of national emergency.
The Defence Forces conduct Aid To the Civil Authority (ATCA) operations in support of these agencies and upon their request. This brief outlined the personnel, skill-sets, vehicles and equipment that the Defence Forces can provide if agencies require support in times of flooding, severe ice and snow or any other situation as it may arise.
The brief was conducted by the Operations cell of the 3rd Infantry Battalion and outlined the part the Battalion played in supporting these types of operations recently during Storm Ophelia in October.
This was followed by a brief by the Engineers of the 1st Southern Brigade Engineering group based in Collins Barracks, Cork, who provide support upon request to the 3rd Infantry Battalion. They outlined bridging, water purification and water pumping capabilities they offer and gave details of the work they completed in August during severe flash flooding in Co. Donegal which included the construction of a temporary road bridge.
The brief was followed by a demonstration on the main square of the barracks of the kit, equipment and vehicles that are available to support various agencies in multiple scenarios. Trucks, jeeps, snow ploughs, water safety and fire fighting personal protection equipment were all on display along with a platoon of 31 troops dressed and ready for ATCA operations. The brief on the square was conducted by the Officer Commanding the 3 Infantry Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Brownen who wished to thank all who attended and all who provided support to the occasion to make it such a success.