July 31, 2021

Wicklow TD hits out at delay in recruitment of firefighters

Concern has again been raised over manning levels in Bray Fire Service after it emerged that a recruitment drive planned for January has been delayed.

“I have serious concerns for the safety of both the public and the safety of our fire-fighters in Wicklow given the continued inadequate number of fire fighters in Bray,” Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady  said in a statement.

“In a reply to me from the Chief Fire Officer Aidan Dempsey in November it showed that the manning level in the Bray station was ten and two of those are on long term sick leave – so out of an establishment of what is supposed to be 15, there are eight fire-fighters.”

Deputy Brady previously raised the matter in the Dáil and was told that recruitment to fill a number of vacancies was commencing in January, but this has yet to happen with the process set to begin in the coming weeks.

“This simply isn’t good enough. In February 2005, the retained firefighters in the fire station in Bray staged a day of protest over major difficulties in how the service was operated. One of their main concerns was the manning level in the station.

“Two years later, on 26th September 2007, two of the firefighters that took part in the day of protest in Bray, Sub Officer Brian Murray and Firefighter Mark O’Shaughnessy (pictured above), died in the line of duty serving the community of Bray.

“Fourteen years after the protest at the station in Bray, and twelve years after the deaths of Brian and Mark there are still very serious issues with the fire service in Wicklow.”


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