A new campaign to recruit members to the Rapid Response Corps is now underway
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dermot Ahern T.D., and Minister for Overseas Development, Mr. Michael Kitt TD, have launched a new drive to recruit volunteers to expand the Rapid Response Corps.
The Rapid Response Corps, which was launched for the first time one year ago, is a roster of skilled and experienced volunteers available at short notice and for periods of at least 3 months to deploy to humanitarian emergencies anywhere in the world. When they deploy, individual Corps members will join the response teams of some of our key humanitarian partners, thus providing skills essential to the success of their emergency operations.
Announcing the new recruitment campaign, Minister Ahern said
“When we launched the Rapid Response Corps in February 2007, we aimed to create a roster of 50 people. In fact, following our recruitment efforts last year, 64 volunteers were invited to become members of the Corps. Most of these dedicated individuals are ready to serve in emergency situations and a number of deployments have already taken place.
In line with commitments contained in the Programme for Government, the aim of the current recruitment campaign is to further expand the Corps. We would hope during the year to increase by 50% the numbers of Corps members who are ready to deploy”.
The recruitment drive this year focuses on the logistics, engineering and humanitarian skills most in demand by Ireland`s partners. In addition, new protection and education officer profiles have been added.
Minister for Overseas Development, Mr Michael Kitt T.D., said “The first Corps member to be deployed in early September, 2007 – Mr Conor Lyons, a logistician from Thurles – sadly passed away a few days into his mission in Sri Lanka. Our thoughts remain with his family.
Since then members of the Corps have been deployed on missions to Kenya, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Nepal, Mozambique and Tanzania. Another member will deploy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo this week. They are making a valuable contribution to saving lives and rebuilding the livelihoods of those affected”.
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