Local fire sta­tions mo­bilised 800 times dur­ing heat­wave

BUSY YEAR AS FIRE SER­VICE MO­BILISED NEARLY 1,800 TIMES

Bray People - - NEWS -

WICK­LOW County Fire Ser­vice sta­tions were mo­bilised al­most 1,800 times dur­ing 2018 – in­clud­ing a mas­sive 800 times dur­ing the heat­wave months of June, July and Au­gust.

Fig­ures re­leased by the fire ser­vice show that sta­tions were mo­bilised 108 times in Jan­uary to re­spond to a range of in­ci­dents.

Crews from around the county at­tended a num­ber of in­ci­dents of fallen trees and de­bris on Jan­uary 4, as the clean-up from Storm Eleanor got un­der way.

On Jan­uary 14, crews from Bray and Grey­stones ex­tri­cated a ca­su­alty from an over­turned car, which had left the road and struck a wall and an ESB pole, while on Jan­uary 19, crews from Grey­stones and Wick­low as­sisted at a road traf­fic col­li­sion (RTC) at Junc­tion 11 of the the M11. On Jan­uary 24, Dunlavin Fire Crew as­sisted Kil­dare Fire Ser­vice at an RTC at Bat­tle­mount, Bal­li­tore.

The sta­tions were mo­bilised 121 times dur­ing Fe­bru­ary.

There was a sad start to the month for the Dunlavin fire crew that at­tended a col­li­sion near Bran­nock­stown in Co Kil­dare on Fe­bru­ary 1. A three­year-old girl died in hos­pi­tal days later as a re­sult of in­juries suf­fered in the crash.

On Fe­bru­ary 5, crews from Grey­stones and Bray at­tended an RTC at Killincar­rig, Grey­stones, where a car had struck a wall. The crews re­moved the side of the car to al­low the am­bu­lance ser­vice to ex­tri­cate a ca­su­alty.

Five days later, fire crews from Grey­stones and Wick­low Town at­tended a two-ve­hi­cle RTC at Lott Lane, Kil­coole, where they as­sisted with the re­moval of a ca­su­alty from a jeep that had crashed through a wall and into a gar­den.

On Fe­bru­ary 16, fire crews from Ark­low and Wick­low town as­sisted the am­bu­lance ser­vice af­ter a teenage boy was struck and trapped by a car.

On Fe­bru­ary 21, crews from Bray, Grey­stones and Wick­low town fought a fire in an of­fice build­ing in the South­ern Cross Busi­ness Park, Bray. The fire was well es­tab­lished when crews ar­rived and the build­ing, which was home to HomeLink, Easi- Cab Travel Club and Out­post Stu­dios, was un­safe to en­ter for most of the op­er­a­tion.

On the last day of Fe­bru­ary, as Storm Emma and the Beast of the East took hold, crews from Wick­low town and Rath­drum at­tended a two-ve­hi­cle RTC in Tom­dar­ragh, Round­wood, af­ter the fore­cast snow be­gan to fall. The side of a car was re­moved in or­der to ex­tri­cate a fe­male ca­su­alty.

The im­pact of these storms con­tin­ued into the fol­low­ing month and Wick­low town fire crew at­tended se­ri­ous coastal flood­ing in the Strand Street area of the town on March 2.

March saw sta­tions mo­bilised 106 times, in­clud­ing on March 11 when crews from Ark­low and Wick­low town at­tended an ex­ten­sive fire at Leon Re­cy­cling in the Croghan In­dus­trial Es­tate, Ark­low.

On March 14, fire crews from Bray and Grey­stones at­tended a RTC on the En­niskerry road which re­sulted in car on its roof, while, the same day, crews were also called to a num­ber of in­ci­dents linked to a yel­low weather warn­ing for heavy rain. Crews from Bray at­tended se­ri­ous flood­ing at the Egan Cen­tre in the town and in Kil­macanogue while Rath­drum fire­fight­ers at­tended to se­ri­ous flood­ing in Bal­li­na­clash, Laragh and Avoca. In Avoca, the oc­cu­pants of a ve­hi­cle found them­selves trapped by flood wa­ters.

On March 15, crews from Carnew and Ti­na­hely at­tended a se­ri­ous house fire on the Gorey Road in Carnew and, three days later, crews from Wick­low and Rath­drum at­tended a se­ri­ous RTC on the M11, which re­sulted in a car ly­ing on its side with one per­son trapped.

On March 21, teams from Bray and Grey­stones at­tended an RTC at Fas­saroe in Bray where a con­crete mixer truck turned over on its side.

April proved to be a qui­eter month for the fire ser­vice, with sta­tions mo­bilised 73 times.

Among the in­ci­dents re­sponded to was a single car RTC at Knock­more, Money Lit­tle, on April 19, which a crew from Ark­low at­tended, and a car­a­van fire at Red­cross on April 21, which a Wick­low town crew re­sponded to.

Also on April 21, a crew from Grey­stones as­sisted the Coast Guard and Na­tional Am­bu­lance Ser­vice to carry a in­jured per­son to the he­li­copter Res­cue 116 near the rail­way line at Rath­coole.

Things picked up again in May, when sta­tions were mo­bilised 92 times.

On May 2, crews from Grey­stones and Wick­low town at­tended an ex­ten­sive work­shop fire at Glen­dar­ragh farm. The fire was ex­tin­guished and a ca­su­alty was treated for smoke in­hala­tion.

Three days later, teams from Wick­low town and Rath­drum at­tended a light air­craft in­ci­dent, where the plane had made an emer­gency land­ing in a field near Rath­new. The plane was un­dam­aged and the pi­lot un­in­jured.

On May 17, crews from Wick­low town and Rath­drum at­tended an RTC at Bal­li­nas­toe Cross Roads in­volv­ing a car, a bus and a mo­tor­cy­cle. The same day, crews from four sta­tions (Bray, Grey­stones, Wick­low town and Rath­drum) fought a se­ries of gorse fires in the Rocky Val­ley area of Kil­macanogue for 14 hours, prevent­ing the fires spread­ing to houses in the area.

On May 18, teams from Bray and Grey­stones fought a fire in an elec­tri­cal sub-sta­tion at Bray Rail­way Sta­tion. The dam­age caused by the fire dis­rupted rail ser­vices for the fol­low­ing week.

Sta­tions were mo­bilised 234 times in June as the coun­try ex­pe­ri­enced a heat­wave and fire ser­vice ac­tiv­ity was dom­i­nated by a high vol­ume of gorse fires.

There were 125 gorse fires where a single fire en­gine was mo­bilised but there were a fur­ther ten in­ci­dents where mul­ti­ple sta­tions were mo­bilised and sup­port was re­ceived from Air Corps and Coillte he­li­copters.

While those fires put great de­mands on the fire ser­vice, crews were also called to a num­ber of se­ri­ous road ac­ci­dents dur­ing the month.

On June 10, a Grey­stones team at­tended an RTC in­volv­ing a mo­tor­bike which hit a deer at An­namoe. At 3 a.m. on June 16, Carnew and Ti­na­hely crews at­tended a two-car RTC and as­sisted am­bu­lance crews to care for and move ca­su­al­ties.

On June 23, crews from Wick­low town and Grey­stones at­tended a se­ri­ous single ve­hi­cle RTC at Coynes Cross in which a car flipped onto its roof at the mo­tor­way slip road. The same day, Ark­low and Rath­drum

Fire crews bat­tling a large fire in the Sally Gap dur­ing the height of the heat­wave in July. The fire at Leon Re­cy­cling in Ark­low in March. Fire gut­ted the Lak­ers premises at the Brady Cen­tre in Oc­to­ber. The fires on Bray Head in July that threat­ened homes and made na­tional head­lines.IN­SET: A Grey­stones fire fighter car­ry­ing empty ex­tin­guish­ers up Bray Head dur­ing the blaze.

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