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Sinn Féin backs calls for public awareness campaign to end attacks on fire fighters and ambulance crews

18 July, 2006

Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou McDonald this morning led a party delegation to meet with representatives of the Dublin Fire Brigade service in Liberty Hall.  Also on the delegation were Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD and Councillors Daithí Doolan and Felix Gallagher.  The Sinn Féin delegation backed calls for greater support for emergency workers including a public awareness campaign aimed at reducing attacks on Fire Fighters and Ambulance Crews.

Ms. McDonald

"It is totally unacceptable that fire fighters or anyone else working in the emergency services should be subject to assault while carrying out their duties. The full extent of the law should be used against those involved.  We are also supporting demands for the provision of stab vests and safety equipment for fire fighters and ambulance crews.  In addition, fire fighters should be compensated in the same way as Gardaí who are attacked and injured while at work. 

"This is just one of the many problems facing fire fighters in this city. The Fire Brigade Service has always been treated, by the government, as the poor relation when it comes to emergency services.

"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. The lack of planning and resources are endangering both the lives of the general public and the Fire Fighters themselves.

"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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