Local Fianna Fáil TD, Sean Haughey has said that the challenges being experienced by those working tirelessly to provide life-saving services with Dublin Fire Brigade must be better supported by Government.

The Deputy made his comments after securing a special Dáil debate this week with Dublin Fingal Fianna Fáil TD Darragh O’Brien, on the future of Dublin Fire Brigade Ambulance Services.

The Deputy said, “Dublin Fire Brigade has a long history of providing exemplary patient centred care across Dublin. Last year alone they responded to approximately 36,000 calls but are currently operating with just 12 ambulances.

“This deficit must be addressed.

“Concerns regarding the existence of two separate control and dispatch processes were initially raised in a HIQA Report published in December 2014 but we are now at an impasse on the matter.

“Moving the call and dispatch service to Tallaght from Townsend Street is neither a solution or acceptable to Dublin Fire Brigade.

“A technical solution to bring about the required co-ordination is possible and should be trialed on the basis that its implementation would cost a reasonable amount in the region of €10,000 to €20,000.

“A transfer to Tallaght would end the fire-based emergency ambulance service and the significant benefits of such a service. The practical solution would be to replace the existing telephone contact arrangements and provide terminals in both call centres in Tallaght and Townsend Street.

“I and my Fianna Fáil colleagues in Dublin are committed to ensuring that this happens.

“Dublin Fire Brigade has not been provided with the necessary ambulance capacity to respond to demand or to effectively safeguard those in our community.

“We must enable staff and crew to maximise service delivery and continue to provide a full-time fire, rescue, and ambulance service which protects our whole community in Dublin North,” concluded the Deputy.