Dublin City Council say RTE is totally wrong about Dublin Fire Brigade

Dublin City Council today rejected the findings of a report by Philip Boucher Hayes on the RTE Drivetime programme yesterday entitled “Could a Grenfell Tower disaster happen here?”

The report featured an interview with Brian Murray of the National Fire Fighters Association and claimed that Dublin Fire Brigade is inadequate in regard to manpower and vehicles/equipment.

However, DCC Chief Executive Owen Keegan has today taken issue with the claims made by RTE.

He said:

“The Chief Executive of Dublin City Council totally rejects the impression created by the report that the operational capacity of Dublin Fire Brigade is seriously inadequate both in terms of manpower and vehicles/equipment.

“The fact that this is not the case has been confirmed by an independent external review of the brigade. The Chief Executive also rejects the suggestion in the Programme that Fire Prevention staffing levels in Dublin Fire Brigade are inadequate.

“Following recent recruitment campaigns, Dublin Fire Brigade now has a full complement of operational staff and of professional Fire Prevention staff.”

Mr Keegan said however the disaster in London last week has drawn attention to an important issue that must be addressed in Dublin.

He said:

“If anything the Grenfell Tower disaster has highlighted yet again the importance of Building Control especially for high risk buildings.

“In this regard it is unfortunate that the Programme made no reference to recent reforms in the Building Control regime which will strengthen the certification process.

“In addition, Dublin City Council will shortly be introducing an independent inspection regime for new buildings which will involve multiple inspections at various stages of development to ensure full compliance with Part B of the Building Regulations.

“While there can be no grounds for complacency and there is significant scope for improvement and reform in Dublin Fire Brigade the cause of fire safety in Dublin is not served by grossly misrepresenting the actual position in relation to the operational capacity of Dublin Fire Brigade or its Fire Prevention service. “