Chris's burning desire – to be a firefighter like his dad
IT was music to the ears of Damien Fynes when he saw another son follow him into service with the Dublin Fire Brigade.
Damien was the leader of the fire brigade's pipe band which provided the music at the new recruits passing-out parade yesterday.
The ceremony was held at the Dublin Fire Brigade Training Centre in Marino, and his son Chris (32) was one of the 25 recruits who marked the completion of their training.
"It's been a lifelong dream," said Chris, from Santry, about joining the fire service.
His dad Damien is retired as a district officer, and Chris's brother Dan and sister-in-law Maria Markey are also working with the service.
"I am starting in Blanchardstown on Saturday morning on the ambulance," said Chris.
During the ceremony, the recruits put on a display of the skills they learned since they entered the 27-week training programme last September.
During their training, they went through 56 tins of shoe polish and 158 lint rollers, but it was all worth it when they got to march on to the drill yard, cheered on by their friends and family.
Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn said fire crews "justifiably enjoy "a place of high regard and esteem in the affection of Dubliners".
Meanwhile, Chief Fire Officer Pat Fleming said the class was unique as it is the first time all recruits came from the city's four local authorities.
Another of the recruits, Amy Watters (32) from Rathcoole, said she had wanted to join the Dublin Fire Brigade since she was 15.
"I was always interested in it," she said. She will take up her new position in Tallaght on Saturday. "It is my birthday so that is some present," said Amy.
Meanwhile, David Timlin (35) from Swords, who is set to join Phibsboro B watch, was cheered on by his family, baby David (8 months), daughter Sadhbh (4) and wife Eidin.