Firefighters almost used petrol to tackle blaze
BORROWED FOAM CONTAINER FULL OF FUEL
FIRE FIGHTERS from Greystones were moments away from fighting a fire with petrol after picking up an extinguishing foam container full of fuel from Bray Fire Station.
Bray Gardaí confirmed they were aware of the incident and said the matter is being investigated by the Health and Safety Authority.
The incident happened in Enniskerry on December 30, 2007, some three months after the tragic deaths of fire- fighters Brian Murray and Mark O’Shaughnessy.
In December, 2007, firemen from Greystones borrowed foam tanks from Bray to tackle a fire behind a pharmacy in Enniskerry. However one of the three tanks borrowed was being used to store petrol rather than life-saving extinguishing foam. It was unlabelled.
Tragedy was averted when one of the firefighters thought he smelt petrol when the container, which they believed contained foam, was opened.