EU Civil Protection
The Department represents Ireland at EU level on various emergency management (called civil protection) committees that consider ways of improving co-operation between EU countries in the field of emergency management Information on European Commission DG Environment and Civil Protection activities and calls for proposals can be found at the following link European Commission website.
The main developments in this area in recent years have been:
- The Community Action Programme
- A Community Mechanism to facilitate better Co-Operation in Civil Protection Assistance Interventions. This outlines how countries will work and cooperate together in the event of natural, technological and environmental disasters, inside and outside the European Union.
- The Programme to Improve Co-operation in the European Union for preventing and Limiting the Consequences of Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear (CBRN) terrorist threats.
The overall aim of the programme is to increase the efficiency of the measures taken at national and EU level with regard to terrorist CBRN threats.
- The Handbook (the Vade Mecum) dealing with civil protection in the Community which gives information on the emergency arrangements in Member States and lists contact points in the emergency
- The Expert Exchange Scheme between Member States to enhance the training and skills of senior emergency management personnel
- Self-training workshops, practical exercises and seminars
- Common European emergency telephone number 112. This number is in operation throughout the European Union (including Ireland where it operates in tandem with the existing 999 number) since 1st January 1997.
National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management
The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government