Local Fianna Fáil TD, Darragh O’Brien has expressed his support for the full retention of services provided by Dublin Fire Brigade across the city, and particularly in Swords, Skerries and Balbriggan. He maintains that a HSE proposal to merge services could have negative impact on the North County.
O’Brien made his comments following a recent visit to Swords Fire Station with party colleagues Cllr Brian Dennehy and Cllr Eoghan O’Brien.
O’Brien said, “Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) has been providing crucial ambulance services to the citizens of the city and North County since 1898. They now operate with life-saving equipment and over 800 trained firefighter paramedics work to provide immediate medical assistance to members of the public in need of treatment 24/7, 365 days a year. Staff must be lauded for their ability to respond to thousands of emergency calls across the capital every year,” he said.
“I am deeply concerned by plans revealed by the HSE, which propose to remove the delivery of Dublin’s ambulance service from Dublin Fire Brigade and instead merge the service with the National Ambulance Service. This proposal could have a hugely negative impact on our area and the delivery of services from the DFB call centre must be retained.”
O’Brien continued, “I strongly oppose any move to withdraw resources during a period of increased responsibility and decreasing budgets which make operating adequate services a near impossible task.”
“On my visit to the station In Swords, I reinforced my party’s support of DFB, DFB Ambulance and its entire staff and crew.
We must protect those in Swords Fire Station who provide a full-time fire, rescue, and ambulance service which serves our whole community,” he concluded.