Fire brigade puts its own stamp on saving lives
Dublin firefighters Ray Murray, Siobhan Talbot, Noel Hosback and Greg O'Dwyer hold large-scale versions of new stamps marking 150 years of saving lives. Maxwell Photography
IT all began a century and a half ago as just two dozen men lined up to put themselves in harm's way to help protect the public.
Now the many roles firefighting crews play are being honoured through new 'action picture' stamps celebrating the 150th anniversary of Dublin Fire Brigade.
Four 55c stamps depicting fires, road accidents, water rescues and chemical fires were unveiled yesterday at the GPO by Dublin chief fire officer Stephen Brady who was joined by colleagues.
Established in 1862, Dublin Fire Brigade began with just 24 firemen operating from a station in Whitehorse yard in Dublin 8 with a horse-drawn tender.
Now the brigade, with 1,000 staff, operates 20 fire engines and 12 ambulances, has 12 stations across the city and answers more than 133,000 fire, ambulance and rescue calls every year.
"Our 150th anniversary gives us the opportunity to celebrate all aspects of our service and to remind Irish people to stay safe," said the chief fire officer.