Although the Civil Defence Act 1968 is applicable throughout the country, the organisation is only raised in such areas and zones which are tactically and strategically considered vulnerable from enemy attack points of view. At present, Civil Defence activities are restricted to 225 categorised towns spread over 35 States/Union Territories.

Civil Defence is primarily organised on voluntary basis except for a small nucleus of paid staff and establishment which is augmented during emergencies. The present target of Civil Defence volunteers is 12.49 lakhs, out of which 6.0 lakhs have already been raised and 4.8 lakhs have been trained. These volunteers are administered and trained by 68 Deputy Controllers, 17 Medical Officers and 503 Nos. of C. D. Instructors, which are full time paid posts.


Civil Defence Corps has the following 12 services in which volunteers are trained:-

  • Headquarter Service
  • Warden Service
  • Communication Service
  • Casualty Service
  • Fire Fighting Service
  • Rescue Service
  • Welfare Service
  • Salvage Service
  • Corpse Disposal Service
  • Depot & Transport Service
  • Training Service
  • Supply Service