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IFESA EXTENDS SYMPATHY TO VICTIMS OF GRENFELL FIRE DISASTER - SAYS NO ROOM FOR COMPLACENCY ON IRISH FIRE SAFETY STANDARDS AND CALLS FOR GREATER ENFORCEMENT BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES

The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association (IFESA) today (Friday 16 th June) extended its deep sympathy to all of the victims – deceased and injured - their families and community in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster.

IFESA further paid tribute to the professionalism, dedication and bravery of their fellow firefighters in the London Fire Service in responding to the unprecedented scale of the Grenfell fire.

IFESA said there are clearly very many questions to be answered in the relation to the circumstances of the disaster, but the issue of the risks posed by ‘cladding' is one that has concerned fire fighters and has been raised at EU level by the European Fire Fighters Union Alliance (EFFUA with a membership of 240,000) of which IFESA is a member.

Ros MacCobb , IFESA Vice President , said while it would be wrong to draw any wider conclusions from the London disaster there is absolutely no room for complacency regarding fire safety standards and compliance  with these in the Irish context.

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IFESA TO BALLOT ON INDUSTRIAL ACTION AND CALLS ON DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL TO ACT TO ENSURE SAFE AMBULANCE SERVICES FOR CITIZENS OF DUBLIN

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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IFESA QUESTIONS VALIDITY OF RULING BY ADVERTISING STANDARDS WATCHDOG ON MISLEADING EIRCODE ADVERT

IFESA (The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association) said today (Monday, 19 th Dec.) that a decision by the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI) that it has no jurisdiction to rule on an IFESA complaint regarding a broadcast advertisement for the Eircode system is concerning and should be clarified by the ASAI.

The advertising watchdog has said it does not have the power to ban Government-produced ads promoting the benefits of Eircode despite finding that the broadcasts were misleading.

The ASAI has informed IFESA that it now regards the Eircode advertisement as a ‘Public Notice' and as such it falls outside the remit of the ASAI code.

IFESA had lodged a complaint with ASAI that the Eircode advertisement was  not an honest and truthful advertisement was very misleading and was in fact a dangerous statement to make.

IFESA National Chairman, Ros MacCobb said : ‘IFESA was concerned  when this  advert was broadcast  that the advertisers intention had been to heighten the fears of the public that by NOT knowing your Eircode prefix it would mean a slower response from the emergency services. This advertisement put in the public domain a fear that was unfounded and we believed the use of the emergency services as an example in an advertisement was playing on a fear of the public that when they are most in need of emergency help that the use of Eircode prefix will result in a quicker response. It was IFESA position that no substantiating data exists to back Eircode's claim.'

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IFESA CONDEMNS ATTACK ON SLIGO FIRE FIGHTERS AND AGAIN CALLS FOR MANDATORY SENTENCING FOR ASSAULTS ON EMERGENCY PERSONNEL

The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association (IFESA) has strong condemned an attack on a fire tender responding to a  fire in a car park in Sligo on Thursday last. The incident  in which rocks were thrown at the fire tender resulted in one fireman being hospitalised. 

Ros MacCobb , IFESA  Vice President said attacks on members of the emergency services could never be condoned and he called on politicians and community leaders  throughout the country to voice their strong condemnation of such attacks when they occur.

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TIME FOR GOVERNMENT TO ACT AS SUPPORT GROWS FOR FIRE BASED EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

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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