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O'Toole - support for Fire Brigade Service urgently needed

19 June, 2006

Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Larry O'Toole has described statistics released from the Fire Brigade Service highlighting the increase in attacks on their members as deeply shocking.

Councillor O‚Toole said:

"Figures released from the Dublin Fire Brigade highlighting the increase in attacks on their members is deeply shocking. It is totally unacceptable that their members should be subject to such attacks and the full extent of the law should be used against those involved.

"This is just one of the many problems facing fire fighters in this city and indeed across the state. The Fire Brigade Service has always been treated, by the government, as the poor relation when it comes to emergency services. The decision of fire fighters to withdraw from talks on fire service reform, due to the governments refusal to allow them to participate in consultation seminars, highlights the depth of this problem.

"It is a disgrace that despite repeated requests no fire risk assessment has been carried out in Dublin for 20 years. The Fire Brigade are not even represented on many of the major planning forums in the city and county. Dublin City has been transformed over the last twenty years but we continue to rely on an over stretched and under resourced Fire Service.

"We need to support our fire brigade services. We need a proper fire safety plan for the city, which includes supporting fire fighters as they carry out their duty. There needs to be an immediate risk assessment carried out for the city to assess what resources, finance and training are required to meet current and future needs." ENDS

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