Monday 23 July 2018

Firefighters warn over water shortage

Clodagh Sheehy

FIRE services are deeply concerned that Dublin's water restrictions could affect their ability to do their job tonight, on their busiest night of the year.

The water shortages "could not have come at a worse time", warned the Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association as it prepare to deal with Halloween fireworks and bonfires.

Dublin firefighters have only two water tankers in the city and county area which increases the pressure on services.

IFESA national chairman John Kidd has appealed to the public to keep any bonfires under control.

"There is genuine concern about the pressure that the water restrictions will put on the services over the coming nights," said Mr Kidd last night.

However, an official spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade said contingency plans were in place and they had "no major concerns" about the shortages.

Irish Independent

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