Six Dublin firefighters off the road due to staff shortages


Staff shortages at Dublin’s firefighters left six devices off the road today.

The devices at Rathfarnham, Dun Laoghaire, North Strand, Phibsborough and Tara Street are out of order.

SIPTU figures also show that several other devices are operating without the required levels of personnel.

Seven of the devices operating today are short-staffed by a firefighter, while two other devices are down by two.

Dublin City Council said: “DCC / DFB leadership continues to engage with unions in the conciliation process as defined by the WRC. Considerable time and resources have been spent in seeking an agreement and, as this process continues, management has no further comments. Make. “

“Disturbing”

Dublin Central Labor Senator Marie Sherlock has called for an urgent review of the operations of the Dublin Fire Department as staff shortages persist: or in terms of physical equipment.

“Throughout the summer, we have had reports that up to five fire trucks a day could not be deployed due to understaffing. This is of great concern to the communities served. by the brigade, as well as for the personnel who are totally lacking in resources.

“These issues also have an impact on the speed at which ambulance calls can be handled. All firefighters in the Dublin Fire Department are trained at the Paramedic or Advanced Paramedic level and it is the Dublin Fire Brigade which is responsible for the ambulance service throughout the city. We know from within the fire department that there can be up to 30 calls queued at any one time. In the event of a critical incident in the city, the capacity of the services fire and ambulance may not be able to respond.

Independent Advisor Noeleen Reilly said: “It is of great concern to learn that a number of fire apparatuses are no longer on the road today due to staff shortages as well as many more operating under conditions. staffing levels required.

“This not only endangers the safety of firefighters, but that of the general public. Dublin firefighters have for some time been calling for an increase in staff and improved working conditions in order to improve recruitment into the service.

“We are approaching Halloween and I am very concerned about the ability of firefighters to do their job due to personnel levels. No one should have to put their life at risk because of a personnel shortage.”

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