Bríd Smith Td Expresses Concern At Weekend Level Of Staffing In Dublin Fire Brigade

Brid Smith TD has expressed concern at reports that this weekend the level of staffing in Dublin Fire Brigade is seriously compromised and leaves the City without adequate fire and emergency cover.

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.”

Firefighters and their unions have been campaigning for improved services for years and much of their equipment is outdated and inadequate. 
Deputy Smith said: “There needs to be a massive investment in the fire services. It is to serious to ignore and ironically this is happening on the weekend that the Stardust Families are campaigning across the city to garner support for reopening the investigation into the cause of that fire which took 48 young lives in 1981.”

Deputy Smith has written to Minister Eoghan Murphy calling for him to intervene urgently before lives are put at risk in Dublin.