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Crowe calls for more Fire Brigade Resources

19 June, 2006

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South West Seán Crowe today reiterated party colleagues in their call "for Fire Brigade services to be put on the political agenda."

Deputy Crowe said, "Despite the fact that Dublin City has been transformed over the last 20 years, with an explosion in population and construction, the fact remains that we still rely on an over-stretched and under-resourced Fire Service.

"The Government should listen to the concerns of Fire Fighters, those brave frontline men and women who risk their lives on a daily basis in their line of duty. In 2 decades, it is inexcusable that no fire risk assessment has been carried out in Dublin. The lack of planning and resources are endangering both the lives of the general public and the Fire Fighters themselves.

"Tallaght only has one Fire Brigade ambulance. In addition there seems to be no plan to purchase fire tenders with a longer reach than 7 storeys despite the increasing number of taller buildings. Plus the 2 turntables for 3 storey and up buildings are located in Tara Street, a journey requiring a lengthy period of time, particularly at peak time, to reach Tallaght, where there are 16 storey apartment complexes under construction. A review of equipment is essential.

"Our courageous Fire Fighters deserve sufficient equipment to deliver their life-saving services. The recent horrific bottle attack on a Dublin Fireman, in which he received 35 stitches to his face, further highlights the need for more protection for Fire Fighters. I welcome the moves to introduce stab vests and safety equipment for emergency service workers. In addition, Fire Fighters should be compensated in line with Gardaí who are attacked and injured while at work." ENDS

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