Civil Defence

The Civil Defence came into existence during the Second World War. In the event of border conflict between India and China in 1962, the Central Government took the decision of preparing a proper plan on Civil Defence aspects for different States and Union Territories of the country. It may be stated that Civil Defence, as a whole, started to grow up in our country after the war between India and Pakistan.

Aim of Civil Defence

The aim of Civil Defence is to minimise the effect of enemy action and the action of disaster on men & material and, therefore, to protect life & property and to maintain the continuity of normal life of the society. Civil Defence is essentially the defence of the citizen by the citizen and it is not the defence of the civilian population by the military. It is concerned with general public and local authorities. At the district level, it is more related with the relief and rescue activities against various types of disasters.

District Set-up of Civil Defence

  • The District Magistrate is the head of the Civil Defence in the District and is designated as the Controller of Civil Defence. To assist him there is also an Additional District Magistrate, who is designated as Additional Controller of Civil Defence.
  • In the sub-divisions, the Sub-Divisional Officers are the head of the Civil Defence and are known as Deputy Controller of Civil Defence.
  • In the district headquarters, one Deputy Magistrate is entrusted as Officer-in-Charge of the Civil Defence Department to look after the day-to-day work. Similar practice is also followed in the sub-divisions.
  • There are a number of Senior Staff Officer Instructors (Sr.SOI) and Staff Officer Instructors (SOI) posted at the district and sub-divisional headquarters, who are entrusted for setting up Civil Defence organisation across the district. They are also entrusted for raising volunteers from amongst the willing young persons and to train them up as per module of various Civil Defence training courses so that they may render their services to combat any emergent situation.

Present activities at district and sub-divisions of North 24 Parganas

In a year, more than thousand volunteers are trained up in the district of North 24 Parganas. Some of them are deployed for rendering services to the mankind during various types of disasters. Except this, the service of the Civil Defence volunteers are utilised for assisting police force in maintaining law and order during Durgapuja, Kalipuja and other festivals. Their service is also utilised in works like conduct of election, census etc. The Civil Defence volunteers also participate in the Republic Day Parade in the district and sub-divisions.

Training Courses conducted in the district of North 24 Parganas at present

  1. Basic Civil Defence Course
    1. Eligibility:- Applicant (both male and female) must have passed the Secondary-level examination from a recognised Board, should be between 18-45 years and must also possess good health.
    2. Methods of Application
      1. Application in own handwriting mentioning brief bio-data along with attested copies of documents relating to residential address (preferably EPIC), age & educational qualification and recommendation from the Block Development Officer (for rural areas) or Chairman of Municipality (for urban areas) has to be submitted.
      2. Applicants of Barasat (Sadar) Sub-division shall submit application at the Civil Defence Section of the office of the District Magistrate, North 24 Parganas. For other sub-divisions, applications shall be submitted at the Civil Defence Section of respective SDO office.
      3. Application may be submitted on any working day, preferably within 10th. of each month.
  2. Basic Warden Course
    1. Eligibility:- Applicant must have completed the Basic Civil Defence Course and his/her age should not exceed 45 years.
    2. Methods of Application
      1. Application in own handwriting mentioning brief bio-data along with attested copy of the certificate of Basic Civil Defence Course has to be submitted.
      2. Applicants of Barasat (Sadar) Sub-division shall submit application at the Civil Defence Section of the office of the District Magistrate, North 24 Parganas. For other sub-divisions, applications shall be submitted at the Civil Defence Section of respective SDO office.
      3. Application may be submitted on any working day.
  3. Basic First Aid Course
    1. Eligibility:- Applicant must have completed the Basic Civil Defence Course and his/her age should not exceed 45 years.
    2. Methods of Application
      1. Application in own handwriting mentioning brief bio-data along with attested copy of the certificate of Basic Civil Defence Course has to be submitted.
      2. Applicants of Barasat (Sadar) Sub-division shall submit application at the Civil Defence Section of the office of the District Magistrate, North 24 Parganas. For other sub-divisions, applications shall be submitted at the Civil Defence Section of respective SDO office.
      3. Application may be submitted on any working day.
  4. Basic Firefighting Course
    1. Eligibility:- Applicant must have completed the Basic Civil Defence Course and his/her age should not exceed 45 years.
    2. Methods of Application
      1. Application in own handwriting mentioning brief bio-data along with attested copy of the certificate of Basic Civil Defence Course has to be submitted.
      2. Applicants of Barasat (Sadar) Sub-division shall submit application at the Civil Defence Section of the office of the District Magistrate, North 24 Parganas. For other sub-divisions, applications shall be submitted at the Civil Defence Section of respective SDO office.
      3. Application may be submitted on any working day.