Mayo Civil Defence is in charge of coordinating 140 volunteers to assist the emergency services for the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland West Airport Knock and Knock Shrine on Sunday.

Volunteers from Donegal, Roscommon, Laois, Sligo and Galway will join Mayo Civil Defence in assisting the primary response units on Saturday night into Sunday.

Civil Defence will provide a range of equipment including 11 ambulances, 9 fire appliances, 19 heavy vehicles including four wheel drives, large vans and medium size trucks and 2 minibuses for transportation and logistics. A number of volunteers will also support the Gardaí with drone capability if required. Dublin Civil Defence will also provide a communications vehicle using the TETRA network to ensure efficient communications between all volunteers and with the Gardaí and National Ambulance Service if required. Civil Defence will also have a welfare unit in operation to provide food for all volunteers on duty over the Saturday night and Sunday.

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