Fire Fighter shortage in Dublin Fire Service risking lives –Cllr Reilly and MacDonnacha
Dublin City Sinn Féin Councillors and members of the Finance and Emergency services special policy committee Noeleen Reilly and Michael MacDonnacha have expressed grave concern at the news that the Dublin Fire Brigade is operating with approximately 70 fire fighters less than safety standards and this figure is continuing to rise.
Councillor Reilly said,
“It comes as a grave concern that SIPTU members in the Dublin Fire Brigade have been forced into industrial action due to staff shortages and a delay in the recruitment process.
We are entering into a very busy period for the Fire Service with Halloween fast approaching.
It is unacceptable that Dublin City Council would put the lives of not only the fire fighters but the general population at risk. “
Councillor MacDonnacha further added,
“The Chief Executive of Dublin City Council needs to do all in his power to resolve this situation.
We cannot be asking Firefighters to be working ridiculous hours due to an inadequate recruitment process carried out by Dublin City Council.
We are talking about front line services here which save people’s lives and instead we are risking lives in this situation.
This is a very serious situation and not only that but we are being told that by early 2016 numbers will have decreased further.
I am calling on the Chief Executive to enter into negotiations with the Dublin Fire Brigade as a matter of urgency to prevent any further risk to lives.”