County Limerick fire service urged cut its call out charges

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

THE COUNTY Limerick Fire Service have been urged to cut their call out charges as people can no longer afford them, a county councillor believes.

THE COUNTY Limerick Fire Service have been urged to cut their call out charges as people can no longer afford them, a county councillor believes.

THE COUNTY Limerick Fire Service have been urged to cut their call out charges as people can no longer afford them, a county councillor believes.

Fine Gael councillor Damien Riedy said that the cost of calling the fire service has become dangerously prohibitive for local residents.

Cllr Riedy said that in Limerick, some fire service charges are excessively high compared to neighbouring counties.

“I want to know why, if you have a chimney fire in Abbeyfeale on the Kerry side of the border, it’s €100. But if it’s on the Limerick side, it’s €300.

“People are seriously worried if, before they dial that last ‘9’, whether or not they actually have the money to pay for it.”

The Newcastle West-based councillor has now tabled a motion for this month’s full county council meeting calling on the chief fire officer, Carmel Kirby, to consider reducing their call out charges across the board.

“They’re humming and hawing about it”, Cllr Riedy said when asked about the service’s willingness to cut their charges.

“Look at it this way - there’s a flat rate of €450 for each engine that comes out to a traffic accident.

“But as far as I know, the fire service have a policy where a minimum of two engines have to head out to a crash on the main road. Suddenly, someone’s left with a bill of €900.

*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of Limerick Leader, dated October 22, 2011