Mo­ments from us­ing petrol to fight blaze


Bray People - - News - Mary FOG­A­RTY

FIRE­FIGHT­ERS from Grey­stones were mo­ments away from fight­ing a blaze with petrol af­ter pick­ing up an ex­tin­guish­ing foam con­tainer which was be­ing used to store fuel at Bray Fire Sta­tion.

Gar­daí in Bray con­firmed they are 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 fire­fight­ers Brian Mur­ray and Mark O’Shaugh­nessy dur­ing a fire in Bray in Septem­ber 2007. The se­quence of events lead­ing up to their deaths is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by both the gar­dai and the HSA.

In De­cem­ber 2007 at 5.22 pm fire­men from Grey­stones bor­rowed foam tanks from Bray in a bid to tackle a fire be­hind a phar­macy in En­niskerry.

How­ever, one of the three tanks bor­rowed was filled with petrol rather than life- sav­ing ex­tin­guish­ing foam.

Tragedy was averted only be­cause one of the fire­men on duty thought he smelt petrol when they opened the con­tainer and the men put it to one side be­fore con­tin­u­ing to douse the fire.

Both the Gar­daí and the HSA were in­formed of the near­fa­tal mishap in De­cem­ber 2007. Wick­low Fire Ser­vice de­clined to com­ment while Su­per­in­ten­dent Mick Lerni­han of Bray Garda Sta­tion con­firmed the gar­dai were aware of the in­ci­dent say­ing it was re­ported to both them and the HSA in De­cem­ber 2007.

He said the in­ci­dent was not be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the Gar­daí as it was more of a work place ac­ci­dent and came un­der the re­mit of the HSA, but said they had been in­formed as a mat­ter of course.

The petrol stored in the con­tainer had been drained from petrol tanks of cars that are used in train­ing ex­er­cises by the fire ser­vice. It was then stored un­la­belled in Bray Fire Sta­tion un­til the in­ci­dent in De­cem­ber.

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