March 1st marked World Civil Defense Day. The idea of civil defense originated in 1941 when civilians began partaking in wide-scale efforts to rescue their fellow countrymen from under the rubble of the World War. Recognizing the need for a wider defense organization, the UN General Assembly established in 1990 what is known as the International Civil Defense Organization (ICDO).
“The Civil Defense General Directory celebrate World Civil Defense Day.”
Over the years, Lebanon has seen its (un)fair share of wars and natural disasters. Luckily, our civil defense society was always quick to the rescue. In every event of accident and disaster, we have found a sturdy shoulder to lean on in these valiant men and women.
The Civil Defense often collaborates with the Lebanese army. In many search-and-rescue ops, local Civil Defense’s officers work closely with our armed forces, offering valuable insight and expertise on the topography.
On their online manifesto, the Civil Defense’s society has a list of 9 responsibilities, including, but-not-limited-to, providing emergency first aid, evacuating civilians in the events of crises, enforcing public safety, and putting out fires.