Eilish O'Regan: Blaze just latest tragic incident for the service
Headlines about the country's ambulance service in recent years have sadly involved too many tragedies.
Too often, the news has involved ambulances getting to the scene of a stricken patient too late to save them. They are frequently asked to achieve the impossible, particularly in rural areas.
The National Ambulance Service Representative Association has also repeatedly highlighted the age of several of the ambulances and the huge mileage clocked up.