Dublin firefighters face ‘unprecedented personnel crisis’, local councilor says

Sinn Féin adviser Daithí Doolan calls on Dublin firefighters to employ additional firefighters “urgently”.

The Ballyfermot / Drimnagh councilor was speaking ahead of a scheduled SIPTU and DFB protest at Mansion House at 5.30pm this evening.

“Dublin firefighters are facing an unprecedented personnel crisis,” he said.

“There are currently 965 firefighters in the Dublin Fire Department.

“The standards say we should have over 1,000.

“This shortfall has created a life and death situation for the service and the audiences it serves.

“Dublin firefighters are now dependent on overtime to maintain service.

“It is bad practice and very dangerous. It leads to exhaustion which can have fatal consequences

“This summer the fire trucks left the road and many fire stations were not fully staffed. More recently, on September 28, 6 fire trucks were not in service while 9 other trucks were not fully staffed. It is totally unacceptable.

“It puts lives at risk. Especially since we face Halloween, the traditionally busiest time of year for emergency services.

“Sinn Féin is actively working with others, including SIPTU, to resolve the crisis. We are calling for additional staff to be employed urgently.

There are 80 people on the staff panel and another 300 applicants are waiting to be interviewed. These requests could and should be dealt with as a matter of urgency.

“On Monday we will be supporting the demonstration of SIPTU and the Dublin Fire Department in front of the Dublin City Council meeting.

“We demand that management respond to this crisis by immediately employing recruits, training them and working as firefighters.”

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