Protesters voice concerns over ambulance plan
HUNDREDS of members of the Dublin Fire Brigade and their supporters marched in dignified protest over concern that the capital's vital ambulance service may be transferred to the HSE. It came as Dublin City Council said it would be deferring the proposed review of ambulance services.
Led by the Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band, about 500 DFB officers and their supporters marched from the Tara Street fire station along Dame Street to Dublin City Hall, where they rallied in a torrential downpour.
The protest, organised by the trade unions SIPTU and IMPACT, was called among union fears of a proposed review of the brigade's ambulance service by the HSE and Dublin City Council.
Among the supporters who took to the podium to urge the retention of the service was Blanchardstown resident Margaret McClure (48), whose husband Tony (49), had a massive heart attack at their home last Monday with no warning signs or history of heart trouble or illness. She said he wouldn't be alive today if it weren't for the quick response of the DFB ambulance service.
Paul Clifford (41), from Swords, also credited the DFB with saving the life of his seven-month-old son Reuben, whom he brought to the rally with his wife Jennifer (35). He said there was no question that the ambulance saved his little boy's life after he stopped breathing when he was just four days old.