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O'Toole congratulates Fire Brigade but efforts underline need for more resources

1 November, 2006

The Vice-Chair of the Dublin City Joint Policing Committee, Sinn Féin councillor Larry O’Toole has congratulated the emergency services, and the Fire Brigade in particular, for their efforts over Halloween night. But Cllr O’Toole went on to say that the need for reforms and funding for the fire services were becoming more acute.


The Dublin north-East candidate said: “Having spoken to firefighters and firefighter representatives I believe the people of Dublin owe them a debt of thanks for the tremendous efforts made last night by the Fire Brigade, and by the emergency services as a whole. I witnessed these efforts first-hand last night in my own area.


“Despite a severe lack of resources, especially for the fire service, they coped admirably with what at one time were 90 emergency calls an hour. It should not be lost that the demand was not just on Halloween night, as bad as that was, but there were a substantial amount of bonfires on the night before, as well as a very serious fire on the docks.


“Sinn Féin published a document on the need for reforms and funding for the Dublin Fire Brigade earlier this year, which included improving communications between local authorities and the fire service, especially in the area of planning. These reforms, the need for a fire safety audit in Dublin and most of all, the need for increased funding, have become more acute, not less.”



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