Dublin firefighters tackle apartment and car fires, witness scooter crash


It has already been a busy week for Dublin firefighters, with Phibsborough firefighters called in to tackle a fire at a Collins Avenue apartment yesterday.

The brigade tweeted a photo of the chilling consequences of the blackened kitchen, adding: “Breathing apparatus teams contained the fire in the kitchen, but the rest of the apartment was damaged by smoke.

“The complete evacuation of the block was underway when we arrived.”

Earlier today, firefighters / paramedics attended an accident between an electric scooter and a car near Abbey Street yesterday afternoon.

“A treatment for leg and chest injuries,” they tweeted. “Be careful on your evening commutes, however you choose to travel on the roads. ”

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The scene of the accident involving the electric scooter

The scene of the accident involving the electric scooter

And on Monday night, firefighters at the Dolphins Barn fire station tackled a vehicle fire.

“Radiated heat from a car fire can affect underground infrastructure such as Internet access and telecommunications,” the brigade warned.

Meanwhile, a union representing firefighters will present concerns to the HSA about ongoing staff shortages at the Dublin Fire Department on Thursday.

Concern is growing among Dublin firefighters about the chronic shortage of personnel as Halloween approaches.

Senator Marie Sherlock said this kind of crisis was unacceptable in a frontline context.

“It is simply unacceptable for the inhabitants and the communities but also for the firefighters who are very worried at the moment about the risk they face.

“We need to ensure that Dublin City Council and the Minister of Local Government and Environment rise up to address the systemic failures that have occurred over the years.”

Representatives of the Fórsa and SIPTU firefighters now plan to present their concerns to the Health and Safety Authority on Thursday, to highlight the dangerous conditions.

SIPTU official Luke McCann said they had no choice but to escalate the situation.

“The industrial relations process has failed to resolve the problem.

“We believe there is a lack of confidence in the process from both the Dublin Fire Department and Dublin City Council.

“The document that was produced and that was not agreed upon did not specify when they were going to bring in crews to alleviate the crisis.

“He also did not specify how they were going to constitute another panel to alleviate this crisis.”

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