According to the Dublin South Central TD for People Before Profit: “reports from firefighters in DFB indicate that yesterday (Friday 20 July) was the worst day ever for the low level of service vehicles and staff available.
“I have a list of depots affected from sources working in the service. Firefighters are not permitted to go public on this but they are gravely concerned with one source telling me: ‘This is the worst it has ever been. Donnybrook, Tara Street, Phibsboro, North Strand and Dolphins Barn were all short one fire tender each. That is a shortage of five front-line fire engines, plus there was also one specialist appliance that covers the entire south side of the city, off the road.”
Brid Smith TD is calling on Minister Eoghan Murphy whose department has responsibility for the fire brigade to, “Deal with the crisis in DBF urgently. There are always shortages during the Summer period because adequate provision is not made for seasonal replacements. But I am told that this is the worst and most dangerous situation ever and can only worsen. Failure to deal with the shortages could lead to very grave consequences for the population and property in the greater Dublin area.”
Deputy Smith has written to Minister Eoghan Murphy calling for him to intervene urgently before lives are put at risk in Dublin.