National Trends have hit Donegal this week with the low levels of crewing in one station resulting in the delayed turn out to a Domestic Fire less than 500m from the Fire Station. The story has been reported in many national newspapers both in Ireland & the UK.
It is understood that the incident took place in Falcarragh earlier this week. Available Firefighters in the town were unable to respond as they were below the acceptable levels for crewing which resulted in Firefighters having to respond from Gaoth Dobhair and Letterkenny which are some 16 and 38 Kilometers away.
The dwelling in question suffered significant damage owing to this delay.
As previously reported by the NRFA this is a trend which is spreading country wide and needs to be addressed. This is highlights the danger crew shortages has on a community and we the NRFA seek that Local Representatives and Management address this crisis before it increases in severity bringing greater risk to members of the public.
Members of the NRFA wish to highlight this to all Retained firefighters nationally to prevent similar circumstances occurring in your area.
If you have any queries about similar issues in your brigade do not hesitate to contact us and join to have your voice heard, if we all work as a group we will have one large voice to tackle these issues, “for you and your community”.