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Fire Service excluded from Emergency Response Strategy-Doolan

10 May, 2006


Sinn Féin’s Dublin Spokesperson on the Environment, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has today described as appalling, "the fact that those at the cutting edge of emergency services have been excluded from the Framework for Major Emergency Management in Ireland."

Speaking today following a meeting of the Oireachtas Subcommittee of the Environment & Local Government, Cllr. Doolan said:

“This framework plan is fundamentally flawed. We have a ridiculous situation whereby fire fighters and fire officers have even not been consulted on this strategy. In fact the Minister with responsibility for it's application, Dick Roche refuses to meet with the fire services. This blatant disregard for emergency services must stop. The fire service continue to provide an excellent service right across the State, they have invaluable experience in dealing with emergencies and crises. Their experience would dictate that they be the lead agency in any emergency situation, but unfortunately the Minister claims otherwise. Fire service have experience in fire cover, fire prevention, providing emergency medical cover, road traffic accidents yet this service did not even receive a copy of the framework document until they arrived before the Oireachtas Committee here today. The situation can not be allowed to continue.” 

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan called on , “the Minister for the Environment & Local Government Dick Roche to meet with SIPTU as a matter of urgency and to fully consult and engage with them in the drafting and application of this emergency response strategy.” ENDS

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