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!!!!!!!!!! Before you e-mail me please read the information below as it may save you some time. l will not take the time to reply to a question if you do not take the time to read the answer already provided!
Otherwise l will try to help when l can time permitting.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you have some more questions / answers that you think should be here then please let me know.
Thinking of a career in the Fire Brigade?
There is a currently a lot of information both on the employment pages and the forum which you should check out before contacting me as it may answer your question faster. l also have no knowledge of when any brigade or local authority in Ireland will be recruiting next, check out the forum for this under brigades advertising.
l am not sure about other brigades but Dublin Fire Brigade does take transition year students (around 3 at a time for a week) when arranged via their school and the Brigade. Because of the dangerous and sometimes very graphic nature of our work students are never attached to fire stations or responding to calls with crews. They are usually attached to either the HQ administration section or to the brigade training centre in Marino. The best time to apply is when a recruit class is doing their firefighting course in particular during passout week where students can get an overall view of what training the recruits undergo. If you do get work experience then don't be afraid to ask about stuff!!!
Looking for reports / documents?
Depending on what you are looking for you can visit the following sections. For fire safety documents and statistics visit the download pages, publications pages or the Department of Environments publications page for the latest documents.
Some reports such as the Stardust Report can be found in your main library in the county and you can check it's availability by searching the relevant library database e.g. Dublin City Libraries . l do not have this as it's the size of a large phone book!
Ambulance / EMS
The Irish Republics ambulance service is primarily run by the Health Services Executive (HSE) but in Dublin the Dublin Fire Brigade have been running an EMS ambulance service as a statutory provider since 1898 and do most of the emergency calls in Dublin. However we work as both firefighters and paramedics and rotate from one to the other. If you are interested only in the ambulance EMS side of things then you should contact the Health Board in the area you are interested in working in.
Fire Statistics / Fire Safety Stats
As it has been taking me far too much time to update the statistics page l am now directing everyone to the Department of the Environments Fire Services section as they have the responsibility for collating and publishing fire stats in Ireland. The address is www.environ.ie and look under the Fire Service section or under publications on the Departments website. l also try to pull together some stats on the Fire Investigators Association of Irelands website at www.fireinvestigation.ie
Visiting a Fire Station
Like most brigades we are more than happy to talk to and show our visiting colleagues around. As most stations are unmanned around the smaller towns you would need to contact the local authority to get someone to meet you in one of these stations. For places like Dublin all fulltime stations are manned so you can either ring ahead or drop in to the HQ (in Dublin its on Townsend Street in the city centre) as they have the most equipment and a better chance of catching someone in.You can also ask on the forum and make a contact who may organise a visit with you at a particular time and station.
You should ring the outside line of the HQ of the brigade in question as many stations would not have their number listed due to people ringing them in emergencies instead of 999 or 112.
Official groups/ School visits etc.
These need to be arranged through the Officer in Charge of the station as time needs to be set aside so the fire appliance and crew are not out doing inspections drills etc. (obviously they still may be turned out to an emergency) Usually you would contact the HQ of the brigade in questions who would pass you through or organsie the visit or a call back to you depending on whether the station is full time the crew is in or not etc.
In Dublin for large school visits these are currently arranged through our training centre and passed on to the station concerned to agree a time suitable for all. The telephone number there is 01-8338313 / 14 or they can be contacted via their e-mail at e-mail fire @ dublincity.ie (remove the spaces either side of the @ sign)
Are you a qualified firefighter or Emergency Medical Technician B, A or P and looking to move / transfer to Ireland?
Check out the employment pages and the links to government departments regarding visas etc. In general you should contact the Human Resource of the Local Authority (council) of the brigade (see authority addresses) you are interested in as requirements differ, but usually you need to go through the whole process of applying for a job again when it is advertised although there may be a case for doing mutual swaps inside Ireland as these have been done before on a case by case basis.
For information on equivalence of medical qualifications then visit www.phecc.ie (Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council) who have a lot of documentation online and are the statutory body for the ambulance service in the Republic of Ireland.
Fire Prevention / Safety Information.
If you are seeking help or information on the above for your premises then the following may be of help to you. First the Department of the Environment publishes Fire Safety Guideline documents for different types of buildings from Nursing homes to preschools which are available to buy or are downloadable free.(Visit my download page or publications page)
In particular besides the guidance documents look at Part B of the Building Regulations also downloadable as this weighty document is the one concerning Fire Safety Building Regulations.
Since each building is different it is advisable to contact your local fire prevention officer through your Local Authority for exact information relating to your premises.
You need to contact the brigade personally by letter to ask about this. Most brigades will not be able to facilitate ride alongs due to insurance constraints but you should check with them first.
Where you are doing a ridealong as a part of a medical course these are facilitated through your own course director.
Trades / Patches / T-Shirts swaps etc.
Unfortunately my brigade does not sell patches (just yet) etc. Any patches l have are part of my uniform and l cannot give them away! There is someone selling Dublin Fire brigade gear on Ebay but this is not official clothing and is done without official sanction.
l physically do not have anything to swap or to send to people. The odd time l do have anything to trade l will swap it with any visitors who drop in to my station.
Please do not e-mail me looking for items as l do not have them and l could not afford to send them to all the people that request them if l had.
I have stopped responding to such requests due to time constraints.
There is a collectors bulletin board where you can leave details if you would like to swap items.
If your question has not been answered then please e-mail me at but be aware that depending on work and time contraints it may take a few days to answer.
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