Kerala has decided to establish Civil Defence Corps as a priority item in its 13th five year plan period (2017-22). The State has appointed a Director General of Police level officer as the Director General, Civil Defence vide GO (Rt) No. 6163/2015/GAD dated 11-08-2015.
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has approved a centrally sponsored scheme named Aapda Mitra, focussed on training 200 community volunteers in disaster response in Kottayam district. The said scheme aims to provide the community volunteers with the skills that they would need to respond to their community’s immediate needs in the aftermath of a disaster thereby enabling them to undertake basic relief and rescue tasks during emergency situations such as floods, flash-floods and urban flooding. KSDMA has decided to utilize this project as a platform to trigger the beginning of Civil Defence in Kerala with the approval of NDMA. Accordingly, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala inagurated the scheme on 13-10-2017.
The State has also established a Civil Defence Institute vide GO (Ms) 214/2011/DMD dated 09-06-2011 in Viyoor Village of Thrissur and is under the administrative control of Director General, Civil Defence.
Subsequently, vide GO (Ms) No. 132/2019/Home dated 30-8-2019, Civil Deference was formed and institutionalized under Fire & Rescue Services. Details of the force can be found at https://www.cds.fire.kerala.gov.in/