Saturday 10 December 2016

New Year's Eve: Emergency services get a call a minute on hectic night

Robin Schiller

Published 02/01/2016 | 02:30

Between 4pm on New Year’s Eve and 6am yesterday, the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) received a total of 321 ambulance call-outs, with 188 of these after midnight. (Stock image)
Between 4pm on New Year’s Eve and 6am yesterday, the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) received a total of 321 ambulance call-outs, with 188 of these after midnight. (Stock image)

The emergency services were put under intense pressure during a chaotic New Year's Eve, with a call being received every 60 seconds at one stage.

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Between 4pm on New Year's Eve and 6am yesterday, the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) received a total of 321 ambulance call-outs, with 188 of these after midnight.

The number is similar to the previous year, when emergency services received 332 calls, including 34 assault cases, 23 drug overdoses and 38 falls.

At one point, crews from both the DFB and the National Ambulance Service were receiving a 999 call-out every 60 seconds, with the Eastern Regional Control Centre answering almost 70 calls requiring the Emergency Medical Service in under an hour shortly after midnight.

The total number of ambulance cases for the DFB throughout 2015 was just short of a staggering 96,000 medical incidents at a rate of 263 every day.

The yearly total is up from the 90,000 medical cases recorded in 2014.

Assaults

The list of reports included assaults, overdoses and fires, while one person was rescued after falling off a bridge.

A crew from the DFB station in Phibsboro attended their first rescue of the year shortly after 1am after a man fell off a bridge on Fassaugh Avenue in Cabra.

The victim plunged approximately 20 feet and was lifted with the help of stretcher attached to the harness of a fire truck.

He was taken to the Mater Hospital, where his injuries have been described as serious but stable.

DFB posted a picture online of the printer in the Control Centre at Tara Street headquarters at the end of a shift, with reams of paper trailing from it down to the floor.

Collision

Emergency services also responded to a number of fire callouts, with car fires occurring across the city.

A DFB crew from the North Strand fire station attended the scene of a vehicle on fire in the north-inner city.

Meanwhile, another crew from the Tallaght station dealt with a car fire in the area, with the assistance of local gardaí.

A number of road traffic collisions were also tended to by crews, including a two-car crash on Abbey Street in Howth which saw one person brought to hospital suffering from minor injuries.

Irish Independent

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