Dublin fire personnel crisis ‘puts the lives of firefighters and the public at risk’, adviser says

Dublin’s fire personnel crisis continues to escalate and is putting the lives of firefighters and the public at risk, according to a Dublin City Councillor.

Twelve fire apparatus were pulled from the road on New Year’s Eve due to a lack of personnel.

And Sinn Fein Councilor Daithi Doolan has called for an emergency motion for tonight’s Council meeting.

Cllr Doolan said: ‘Dublin fire stations were without fire engines, ambulances and rescue trucks. The personnel crisis puts the service under extreme pressure.

“There are currently 965 firefighters in the Dublin Fire Department. Standards dictate that this number should be over 1,000.

Dublin firefighters are now reliant on overtime to keep the service running. It is bad practice that endangers the lives of firefighters and the public they serve.

“Management must realize the seriousness of this crisis and work with unions to resolve it as a matter of urgency. Recruitment should be a priority. But in the meantime, there are 80 people on the staff panel waiting to be trained and employed.

“There are 300 other candidates waiting to be interviewed. The solution to the crisis is obvious, management just needs to act. »

Dublin City Council said the staff shortage on New Year’s Eve is an extremely serious situation, with management having no system in place to alleviate this level of staff shortage.

They call on the Chief Executive to engage directly with unions to put in place a process that urgently addresses this staffing shortage.

They are also asking the Lord Mayor to write to Minister for Local Government y Darragh O’Brien and ask that all necessary resources be put in place to address funding and staffing issues.

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