Chief Fire Officer Asked to review Decline in Louth firefighters

Drogheda Station
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Following on from Recent Crewing Issues In County Waterford’s Fire Service which is now being brought to the attention of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) a call has been made onto Louth’s Chief Fire Officer to resolve the issue of declining numbers of retained firefighters in county Louth.

Louth’s Chief Fire Officer Eamonn Woulfe was requested to attended a sitting of the Housing Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) on Monday at the request of the Council Chairperson.

Mr. Woulfe gave an informative presentation to the Committee on the recently published report reviewing Fire Safety in Ireland giving those who attended the meeting the opportunity to discuss the changes and recommendations suggested.

It has been reported by Council Members at the meeting that there has been a major issue of Recruitment and Job Retention among the retained ranks of Firefighters in Louth especially in Drogheda, which is under-resourced, by a third and depleting at an alarming rate.

Mr. Woulfe was asked to review a multitude of options for the recruitment of firefighters plus an overall review of the retained/full-time structures within the county and to work with the Director of Services for Housing to establish suitable housing structures in the vicinity of the Fire Station to accommodate retained firefighters.

One County Councilor, Joanna Byrne said: “it is no longer enough expressing our appreciation of this valuable frontline service, it’s time to support them properly and put investment where it is needed.

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