Civil Defence on the West Coast

What is the Civil Defence Emergency Management Group (CDEM) Group

All four councils on the West Coast make up the West Coast CDEM Group.

The aim of the West Coast CDEM Group is to:


To provide a coordinated and integrated approach to the way significant risks and hazards are managed in the West Coast region across the 4R’s in accordance with the Act:

The Governance of the Group is provided by a Joint Committee of elected representatives from the region’s four councils.

An important supporting team for the Civil Defence Emergency Management Group (CDEMG) is the Coordinating Executive Group (CEG), a statutory mandated committee made up of the CEOs (or their representative) of the four local authorities, Fire Service, Police, District Health Board, Medical Officer of Health and the Group Controller.

The CEG is responsible to the CDEM Group for: