Dublin South West TD and Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Dublin, John Lahart has expressed his support for the full retention of emergency services provided by Dublin Fire Brigade across the city and county.

SIPTU members in the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) have announced that they are set to conduct two 24-hour work stoppages this month, on Saturday 18th March and Monday 27th March.

The Deputy will further raise the future of Dublin Fire Brigade Ambulance Services in the Dáil this week with Fianna Fáil TDs, Sean Haughey and John Curran.

“Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) has been providing crucial integrated Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Ambulance services to the four Dublin local authorities since 1898,” explained the Deputy.

“Considering DFB’s excellent history of patient centred care and best practice, removing or transferring any element of DFB’s fire based EMS system will have an adverse effect on safeguarding those in our communities.

“During a period of increased responsibility and de-creasing budgets almost 800 trained firefighter paramedics have continued to work 24/7, 365 days a year to provide immediate medical assistance to members of public in need of treatment.

“My party and I strongly oppose any move to remove the delivery of Dublin’s ambulance service from DFB and instead merge the service with the National Ambulance Service.

“We must enable and fully support the almost 1,000 personnel employed, to maximise service delivery and provide greater efficiency to protect those in fire stations across Dublin who provide a full-time fire, rescue, and ambulance service which serves our whole community.

“During tomorrow’s Dáil proceedings I will be calling on the Minister for Health, Simon Harris to urgently intervene in this dispute and ensure that communities across Dublin are not left without fire based emergency services for any period,” concluded the Deputy.