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The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association (IFESA) has today (Thursday) welcomed the decision by Dublin Fire Brigade management to withdraw all cylinders not attached to Breathing Apparatus sets from service with immediate effect.  Management have also issued instructions that the number of fire fighters entering an environment that requires a B A set be increased from a minimum of two to three.

The moves follow a call by the IFESA for the withdrawal of the Breathing Apparatus sets after a number of serious incidents arose with them in recent days. The union wants a full independent scientific analysis and risk assessment to be conducted following as many as eight separate unexplained incidents that have occurred with the sets.

Commenting on the latest move by Dublin Fire Brigade management, Ros Mac Cobb, Vice Chairman of IFESA said:

"We welcome this response from management who up to now have been reluctant to accept the genuine concerns of fire fighters about the Breathing Apparatus sets. We now need to have the results of the tests on these cylinders made public as a matter of urgency."