IRISH CIVIL DEFENSE RANKS AND INSIGNIA: Republic of Erie. 2003.  Personnel of Civil Defence organizations are distinguished by wearing a circular shoulder patch with a red border binding, a bright green outer ring with lettering COSAINT SIBIALTA in antique script above and CIVIL DEFENCE below in yellow, an inner yellow border, and a blue center disc with a yellow harp.  Personnel of the Auxiliary Fire Service, a service of Civil Defence, wear a circular patch with a medium blue binding, a silver gray outer ring with lettering COSAINT SHIBHIALTA above and CIVIL DEFENCE below in medium blue, an inner medium blue border, and the international Civil Defence emblem in the center, an orange disc with blue triangle.

Civil Defense personnel wear the insignia of rank summarized in Table 1.

Table 98-1.  Republic of Erie Civil Defence Ranks and Insignia

Rank Insignia Equivalent Rank
Civil Defence Officer 2 gold pips above a gold harp on the coat shoulder strap; the pips are 4 sided pyramids worn with a point toward the neck and with trefoil markings on each side; the harp is worn so that it's axis is horizontal when viewed from the arm Colonel
Assistant Civil Defence Officer 2 gold pips worn at the arm end of the shoulder strap; the pips are 4 sided pyramids worn with a point toward the neck and with trefoil markings on each side Lieutenant Colonel
Commander 1 gold pip worn at the arm end of the shoulder strap; the pip is a 4 sided pyramids worn with a point toward the neck and with trefoil markings on each side Major
First Officer 3 horizontal gold bars worn horizontally across but not completely  encircling the shoulder strap Captain
Second Officer 2 horizontal gold bars worn horizontally across but not completely  encircling the shoulder strap 1st Lieutenant
Third Officer 1 horizontal gold bar worn horizontally across but not completely  encircling the shoulder strap 2nd Lieutenant
Leader 2 red bars worn vertically on the shoulder strap from the arm seam edge but not reaching the button hole senior noncommissioned officer
Assistant Leader 1 red bar worn vertically on the shoulder strap from the arm seam edge but not reaching the button hole junior noncommissioned officer

Sources: "Civil Defence Auxiliary Fire Service," location http://bailerweb.com/sections/misc/civil%20defence/cdaux.htm, 2003.  "Civil Defence," location http://bailerweb.com/sections/misc/civil%20defence/civdefence.htm, 2003.  "Civil Defence Rank Markings," location http://bailerweb.com/sections/misc/civil%20defence/cdrm.htm, 2003.  "Civil Defence Officer," location http://bailerweb.com/sections/misc/civil%20defence/cdo.htm, 2003.

Entry 0398 - posted 22 August 2003