Call-out to get aerial appliance for fire station
Dublin Fire Brigade at the Glashaus apartment blaze last motnh Photo by Dublin Fire Brigade

Call-out to get aerial appliance for fire station

A REVIEW of Dublin Fire Brigade’s aerial appliances is currently being undertaken following requests for an aerial platform to be permanently deployed to Tallaght Fire Station.

Safety concerns were raised in the area after it took 24 minutes for a turntable ladder to reach the fire at the Glashaus Hotel in Tallaght last month from the Dublin Fire Brigade headquarters at Tara Street.

Councillors Mick Duff and Charlie O’Connor both tabled questions at a recent council meeting for Tallaght requesting for the provision of an Aerial Platform at Tallaght Fire Station.

South Dublin County Council has now confirmed that an aerial appliance review is being undertaken and is being considered in two phases. In their response to the questions, the council stated: “The first phase relates to revisions to the crewing arrangements for the aerial appliance based at Fire Brigade HQ and in Dun Laoghaire Fire Stations.

“The second phase, which will be undertaken next, will consider the location and number of aerial appliances required.”

Under South Dublin County Council’s draft budget 2022 which was announced recently, the fire services budget has been increased by €912,000, bringing a total amount of €22,234,800 to Dublin City Council for the provision of the Fire Service in 2022, which could include additional aerial appliances following the review.

Dublin Fire Brigade currently have three aerial appliances which have high-reach capacity available for the whole of Dublin, one of which is a turntable ladder which was used to rescue people who were stranded on their balcony at the Glashaus Hotel.

The council noted that although they are based at specific locations, they provide cover across the city and county and the service model is an “established method” of resourcing aerial appliances common to many other fire and rescue services in Ireland and across the globe.

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