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No foam for fires in Dublin Port-Doolan

1 May, 2006

Sinn Féin’s Dublin Spokesperson on the Environment, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has today described as appalling, "the fact that Dublin Fire Brigade may not have enough foam to put out fires in Dublin Port."

Speaking today following a meeting with Dublin Fire Brigade, Cllr. Doolan said:

“The citizens of this City continue to live under the serious threat of a major disaster in Dublin Port. It has now come to light, if there is an explosion in the Dublin Port, Dublin Fire Brigade cannot guarantee they have enough foam to put out the fires. We would be faced with a situation whereby the fire service may simply have to let the fires burn themselves out, similar to what happen recently in Hertfordshire in England.

Dublin Port currently is home to discharging facilities for oil, bitumen, chemicals and petroleum and contains 41 hectares oil zone storage capacity. The consequences of an explosion here would be horrendous for the City and indeed for the whole eastern coast of this island. Dublin Fire Brigade may have to leave the fires burn all the through the port up to the Point Depot, with the population of Dublin being severely threatened by the gasses and toxic fumes from the fires. There is no plan to deal with such a disaster if it were to happen, a report was compiled by Petroleum Management Resources 10 years ago and is still gathering dust today.  

It is totally unacceptable that this threat is allowed to continue. The City Manager must commission a Dublin wide Fire Risk Assessment with a particular focus on Dublin Port. This assessment must be carried out as a matter of urgency and any findings acted on immediately.” In conclusion Cllr. Doolan said, “I have raised the issue with both the Minister for Environment, Dick Roche and the City Manager. I am still awaiting their response. I am urging them to wake up and take action before it is too late.”




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