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Fire officers nationwide to be balloted says Siptu as Dublin Fire Brigade announce two days of strike action

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Willie Bermingham, Fire Fighter Paramedic, Tallaght protesting outside City Hall in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron

Willie Bermingham, Fire Fighter Paramedic, Tallaght protesting outside City Hall in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron

Willie Bermingham, Fire Fighter Paramedic, Tallaght protesting outside City Hall in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron

As Dublin Fire Brigade gears up for two days of strike action Siptu has warned that fire officers nationwide will be balloted shortly.

Two 24-hour work stoppages have been called in response to an attempt to break up the DFB Emergency Medical Service by removing its ambulance call and dispatch function.

Brendan O'Brien, Siptu organiser, told Newstalk Breakfast that fire officers around the country were due to be balloted shortly.

"This dispute can be avoided  of both parties are brought back to the table and the recommendations of the expert panel be implemented," he said. 

Mr O'Brien said the reduction of DFB services was a cause for concern for all fire officer nationwide.

"Not only are our members in Dublin concerned but also our members around the country both full time and retained services. They see this as an attack on the standard of delivery that could affect them as well.

"We'll be shortly consulting with them with a view to ballot them in due course."

He said Dublin city management would need to answer questions on what cover would be available on both days.

The work stoppages, planned for Saturday, March 18, and Monday, March 27, will both commence at 9am. The first strike will take place on the morning after the St Patrick's Day celebrations.

The announcement about the work stoppages was made at a rally outside City Hall in Dublin last night.

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