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Fire brigade in warning of strike
02 Mar 2015 21:09
Dublin Fire Brigade representatives have warned that the threat of industrial action has increased following the news that the HSE is to take over the running of its ambulance service.
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Dublin City Council Chief Executive Owen Keegan announced the HSE's National Ambulance Service (NAS) will now be responsible for all emergency calls in the Dublin region.
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The NAS, which is based in Tallaght, currently shares callouts with Dublin Fire Brigade in Tara Street.
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The system was criticised as having "inefficiencies" and "poor coordination" by a HIQA report published last December.
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The report noted that Dublin Fire Brigade had a delayed response for 50% of emergency calls and asked the NAS for assistance in one third of all calls.
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But city councillors at tonight's monthly meeting were critical of the HSE's track record.
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Lord Mayor Christy Burke said the HSE had made a "dog's dinner of the ambulance service".
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Dublin firefighters are already threatening industrial action over proposals to cut crewing levels by up to 33%.
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SIPTU representative Brendan O'Brien said the threat of this action has now increased with news of the HSE ambulance takeover.
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He said that firefighters are trained to work interchangeably in ambulance or fire tender duties.
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