Fire­fight­ers al­most used petrol to tackle blaze

BOR­ROWED FOAM CON­TAINER FULL OF FUEL

Bray People - - Front Page - Es­ther HAY­DEN

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.

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