IFESA National Vice Chairman, Ros MacCobb discussing the issue of cutbacks in fire services in Galway with Galway Co. Council Director of Services on Galway Bay FM.
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The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association (IFESA) has described (Dec 9 th . ) comments by a senior Galway County Council official as deeply insulting to fire fighters and extremely worrying for rural communities throughout the county.
IFESA National Chairman, John Kidd said the comments in the Tuam Herald (Doubts Over New Fire Stations) by Director of Services, Eugene Cummins were an insult to the dedication and professionalism of fire-fighters in the county who are struggling to provide services in the face of cutbacks and cost saving across the fire services. He said Mr Cummins's comments showed a total lack of regard for the concerns of communities across Galway who are being left without adequate fire service cover.
Re: Concerns with Kildare Fire Service Operational Area Fire Response
Dear Mr Smyth,
Important changes are about to be implemented within parts of the operational area of Kildare Fire Service (KFS) to the extent that the Dublin Fire Brigade are to be utilised to 'supplement' the shortfall of appropriate fire cover within the Kildare area, in particular that of the border area with Dublin. This shortfall, it seems has been determined by KFS Management.
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The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association (IFESA) has today (Wednesday 30 th Oct.) appealed to the public to recognize that the water shortage and restrictions in the Dublin region will put extra pressure on the fire services over Halloween and they should control and monitor bonfires wherever possible.
IFESA National Chairman, John Kidd said water restrictions being introduced in Dublin from this evening (Wednesday) could not have come at a worse time for the fire service as it deals with one of the its busiest periods over Halloween.
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The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association (IFESA) have said (Tuesday, Oct 15 th ) it is concerned about a number of recent anti-social incidents and attacks involving emergency fire service vehicles and personnel. In one incident a brick was thrown at the window of a fire tender in Tallaght and there have also been a number of incidents where laser lights have been directed at engine drivers and crews in an apparent attempt to cause accidents.
IFESA National Secretary, John Kidd said the weekend incidents were worrying as they come ahead of Halloween, which is the busiest and most dangerous time of year for fire crews and emergency personnel.
‘The Tallaght incident was a serious one and left a fire engine out of service while it was being repaired. The current level of ‘anti-social' behaviour directed at emergency personnel is a bad omen for the weeks ahead as we build up to Halloween when unfortunately it is more likely that members and fire and ambulance service will face injury and assault and have vehicles damaged'.
The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association (IFESA) has met with Global Fire Fighter Unions to discuss a range of common issues and concerns facing firefighters globally. Among the issues addressed at the recent International Fire Fighters Union Alliance Summit in Denver, Colorado were the impact of cuts in resourcing of fire services and equipment and emerging health and safety issues facing fire fighters including assault and injury and high incidence of cancer.
John Kidd, IFESA National Chairman and Vice President of the European Firefighters Union Alliance said :
‘Fire-fighters are finding common cause internationally on a range of issues and concerns that confront them. Globally fire fighters have been experiencing tremendous pressures as a result of the fall-out of the financial crisis with public spending and investment in fire-services being cut dramatically. These cuts have resulted in the safety of the public being compromised and greater risks to the health and safety of fire-fighters.'
JK letter to Leo Varadakar re road deaths 20.08.13
Reply from Leo Varadakar re road deaths
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