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As part of the new helicopter fleet for the Irish Coast Guard, the latest Sikorsky S-92A landed in Ireland at the end of January, with another four aircraft due for delivery during 2013.
Reserve Defence Force volunteers want to play a more active role in supporting the Irish Army. However, Tom Walsh, general secretary of the Reserve Defence Force Representative Association, claims Government policy is hampering their efforts.
An RNLI campaign will see every lifeboat station in Ireland take delivery of new specially-designed lifejackets, which have been commissioned by the RNLI for search and rescue work and have been given the seal of approval from lifeboat volunteers.
The west and midlands regions could finally get an air ambulance service in the near future. However, a question mark still hangs over how far Minister for Health Dr James Reilly will go in providing the service.
PUBLIC HEALTH NURSES
A recent RTÉ series that looked at the day-to-day workings of public health nurses, who provide a community nursing service throughout Ireland, was the brainchild of Mary O’Dowd, a public health nurse turned advocate for the profession,
The need for urgent action to extinguish the growth of forest fires in Ireland was highlighted during a stakeholder networking event, which outlined the costly impact and damage to the industry, environment and emergency services.
What constitutes a national emergency? Brian Spain, director of the National Emergency Coordination Centre, talks about making that decision and planning for events that everyone hopes will never actually happen.
SMS EMERGENCY ANSWERING
An innovative pilot scheme aims to improve access to emergency call answering services using the text SMS 112 mobile number for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speed impaired. However, the new service has been greeted with certain reservations by the deaf community.
FOREST FIRES NETWORK
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and 12 international partners are past the half-way point in an ambitious and innovative European wildfire project that focuses on the prevention and management of forest fires.
FINGERPRINTS & DNA
Contrary to popular belief, fingerprints can be retrieved from fire scenes, according to Jack Deans, a UK-based fingerprint consultant and former crime scenes examiner with New Scotland Yard, who has conducted over 20 projects on the potential for recovery of prints from a variety of fire scenes.
RED CROSS CONFERENCE
The Irish Red Cross (Kerry Area) is hosting its second annual conference for voluntary emergency services personnel in October in Tralee, following the success of last year’s inaugural event in the Kingdom.
With children estimated to be the third largest cause of accidental fires, an intervention programme rolled out by New Zealand Fire Service has recorded an impressive 98 per cent success rate in teaching young people to stop fire-setting.