• IFESA - The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association
  • IFESA - The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association

The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association (IFESA) said today (10th February) it is to commence a ballot of members for supporting industrial action by Dublin Fire Brigade members. This action is in response to Dublin City Manager's plans to go against all the evidence and expert reports, and proceed with his plan to take the Call & Dispatch function out of the control of Dublin Fire Brigade's Emergency Medical Services and assign it to the HSE. The Manager also refuses to resource additional Dublin Fire Brigade ambulances to meet the growing needs of the city.

IFESA is calling on all elected Dublin politicians (Oireachtas members and City Councillors ) to support IFESA's demand that resources be made available to commission at least four additional ambulances to adequately address the needs of the city and provide a safe and responsive ambulance services to the citizens of Dublin. IFESA National Chairman,

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The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association (IFESA) said today (May 7 th ) that support expressed by the Chief Fire Officers Association at their AGM yesterday (May 6 th ) for the use of fire officers as first responders in cases where an ambulance in not available confirmed that there is now a growing consensus in support of IFESA ' s call for the development of a National fire based emergency medical service (EMS) and the development of a National Fire and Ambulance service in Ireland to respond to medical emergencies.

‘ IFESA Vice President, Ros MacCobb, said that the support for a fire based EMS by the Chief Fire Officers Association comes just weeks after Health Minister, Leo Varadkar expressed similar support for such a service when he told the Seanad that there was a ‘ strong case ‘ for training fire crews to assist with emergency ambulance service responses.

Mr. Mac Cobb said: ‘ IFESA has been the leading advocate for the development of fire based emergency medical services ( EMS) and the coordination of a National Fire & Ambulance service in Ireland to respond to medical emergencies. '

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The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association (IFESA) has today (Thursday) called for greater action to address cancer risks to firefighters following evidence to MEP's of unacceptably high rates of cancer among the profession.

Following a European Parliament meeting of the European Fire Fighters Unions Alliance (EFFUA) - of which IFESA is a member - with the MEP group MEP's Against Cancer (MAC), IFESA President John Kidd said the international evidence is now conclusive that constant exposure to deadly toxic smoke and particles in the line of duty is resulting in unacceptably high rates of cancer among firefighters.

“The cancer rate emerging among firefighters globally is truly concerning and yet there is little or no response from national governments or at EU level, to the issue of the impact of occupational exposure by firefighters throughout their careers to toxins and deadly chemicals resulting in higher cancer incidence. It is now time to take action to address this growing problem at both a national and EU level.'

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Firefighter cancer is a looming personal catastrophe for each and every fire fighter. Cancer is the most dangerous and unrecognised threat to the health and safety of our nation's firefighters.  Multiple studies across the globe, including the soon to be released NIOSH cancer study, have repeatedly demonstrated credible evidence and biologic creditability for statistically higher rates of multiple types of cancers in firefighters compared to the general American population