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Wicklow fire crews called to assist ambulance crews 110 times in 2021


Cllr Dermot O'Brien.

Cllr Dermot O'Brien.

Cllr Dermot O'Brien.


Wicklow’s fire crews assisted the ambulance service during 110 incidents in the county in 2021, Wicklow County Council officials have said.

The figure was revealed during the January meeting of elected members of the local authority, which was held remotely.

Councillor Dermot ‘Daisy’ O’Brien said the Chief Executive’s monthly report indicated a high level of assistance had been provided by the fire service to the National Ambulance Service (NAS).

He asked about co-ordination between the services, noting that the ambulance service had been experiencing issues in terms of staffing levels

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Wicklow County Council Interim Chief Executive Brian Gleeson said there are a small number of staff absences in the fire service, but this is not affecting its ability to respond to emergencies.

Helena Dennehy, senior executive officer, Wicklow County Council, said there had been 110 incidents in 2021 where fire crews had helped ambulance crews.

This represented less than 10 per cent of calls for the fire service. Ms Dennehy added that the fire crews are using called to help with moving a casualty, gaining access or assisting with the medical response.

Cllr Miriam Murphy said there is no ambulance cover in the Arklow area on Tuesdays. She asked Wicklow County Council to highlight this issue to the HSE.