Sunday 4 December 2016

Dublin emergency services were 'extremely busy' on Saturday night

Cathal McMahon

Published 27/11/2016 | 09:46

Firefighters from Tallaght and Dolphin's Barn stations tackle blaze at school in Tallaght. Picture: Dublin Fire Brigade
Firefighters from Tallaght and Dolphin's Barn stations tackle blaze at school in Tallaght. Picture: Dublin Fire Brigade

The ambulance service in Dublin dealt with over 200 calls during a busy night for the emergency services.

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The city's bars and clubs were heaving on Saturday night in the run up to the Christmas season and this meant that paramedics were stretched to the limit.

According to RTE the capital's brigade dealt with 210 ambulance calls in a 12-hour period between 7pm yesterday and 7am this morning.

A total of 140 of those were after midnight.

Firefighters from Tallaght and Dolphin's Barn stations tackle blaze at school in Tallaght. Picture: Dublin Fire Brigade
Firefighters from Tallaght and Dolphin's Barn stations tackle blaze at school in Tallaght. Picture: Dublin Fire Brigade

Thankfully there were no reports of serious injuries.

A spokesman said: "It was an extremely busy evening for the night crew. This can often happen at this time of year."

In one of the more serious incidents four units of Dublin Fire Brigade tackled a fire in Tallaght.

Firefighters, from Tallaght and Dolphin's Barn stations, donned breathing apparatus to tackle the blaze at a school on Kilcarrig Avenue.

A ladder unit and a district officer also attended the scene.

A short time after 7pm the blaze was brought under control.

Nobody was injured in the incident and it is unclear what caused the fire.

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