LIMERICK Fire and Rescue Service is to undertake a major public awareness campaign to promote fire safety as well as actively educate members of the public about fire prevention measures.
Details of the campaign were announced after members of the fire and rescue service held a demonstration day highlighting the variety of skills and equipment at their disposal.
In any one year Limerick Fire and Rescue service responds to more than 1,500 incidents across the city and county.
These range from fires and road traffic accidents to major flooding, river rescues, freak weather conditions and other emergencies including responses to hazardous substances and environmental incidents.
Under the direction of Chief Fire Officer, Michael Ryan, there are 60 full-time firefighters based at Mulgrave Street and 72 retained firefighters, who each live within two miles of fire stations at Abbeyfeale, Cappamore, Foynes, Kilmallock, Newcastle West and Rathkeale.
“Each retained fire station in the county is managed by a station officer, and in the whole time station in Limerick we operate a four-watch system where a station officer manages each watch. We have 12 firefighters on duty in the whole time station in Mulgrave Street as a minimum every single day of the year,” explained senior assistant chief fire officer, Scott Keenan.
Speaking about the upcoming public awareness campaign, Mr Keenan said trying to preventing fires will be the priority.
“Fire Prevention is a huge part of our role as the biggest killer is smoke, not heat or flames, as smoke travels well ahead of a fire. If you are asleep when a fire occurs in your home, the smoke generated will put you into an even deeper sleep. Installing a smoke alarm will give you time to escape before fumes and smoke can build up,” he said.
Separately, primary school children across Limerick are being asked to suggest names for a new power boat which has been unveiled by the Limerick Fire and Rescue Service.
The custom-made RIB, which is 4.8 metres long, is moored on the river Shannon and has been in use for a number of months.
The power boat, which is primarily deployed during river rescues, has been especially developed for the fire and rescue service and is specifically designed for the unique characteristics of the river Shannon.
Children should email their suggested names to firstname.lastname@example.org or post their suggestions to ‘Name Our Boat Competition’, Fire and Rescue Service, Limerick City and County Council, Dooradoyle.