The Cyprus Civil Defence is a Department of the Ministry of Interior whose main mission is the protection of the population. It is responsible for taking measures in response to natural or man-made disasters, potentially threatening human life and welfare, or even extensively damaging the island’s environment and natural resources. It is also responsible for protecting the civilian population during periods of armed conflict. The measures taken by the Cyprus Civil Defence include a series of actions regarding disaster prevention, preparation, response, strategic planning, education, mitigation and rehabilitation at the aftermath disasters.
The Cyprus Civil Defence is staffed with permanent personnel, volunteers, as well as conscripts undertaking their obligatory service, all of which constitute its Force- The Cyprus Civil Defence Force. The General Civil Defence Administration (GEDPA) is responsible for defining the Force’s policies and coordinating its work and activities.
Cyprus Civil Defence covers the whole island. Five (5) District Administrations (PEDPA) appertain to GEDPA and are based in Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos and the free Famagusta area.
The Cyprus Civil Defence’s commander-in-chief is Mr. Andreas Frantzis.
The Cyprus Civil Defence’s foundation and operation are governed by:
- National Legislation and Regulations
- European Directives and Regulations
- International Treaties