Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Questions (320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326)

Brendan Ryan

Question:

320. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of fire appliances in service nationally. [4801/18]

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Brendan Ryan

Question:

321. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of fire appliances in each local fire authority; and the number of the appliances in operation. [4802/18]

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Brendan Ryan

Question:

322. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of fire appliances that are older than five, ten and 15 years, respectively. [4803/18]

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Brendan Ryan

Question:

323. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of turntable ladder and aerial ladder platform appliances that are in service nationally. [4804/18]

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Brendan Ryan

Question:

324. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of turntable ladder and aerial ladder platform appliances in each locality; and the number of those appliances that are in operation with an adequately trained crew. [4805/18]

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Brendan Ryan

Question:

325. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of turntable ladder and aerial ladder platform appliances in each local fire authority that are older than 5, 10 and 15 years respectively. [4806/18]

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Brendan Ryan

Question:

326. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of turntable ladder and aerial ladder platform appliances in each locality that were purchased new or purchased second hand respectively; and if purchased second hand, the age of the appliances when purchased. [4807/18]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 320 to 326, inclusive, together.

The provision of a fire service in its functional area, including the establishment and maintenance of a fire brigade, the assessment of fire cover needs and the provision of fire station premises and fire appliances is a statutory function of individual fire authorities under the Fire Services Act, 1981. My Department supports the fire authorities through setting general policy, providing a central training programme, issuing guidance on operational and other related matters and providing capital funding for priority infrastructural projects.

The information requested by the Deputy is not available in my Department. It is the understanding of my Department that the front-line fleet consists of approximately 280 Class B fire appliances and sixty other special appliances, including aerial appliance and emergency tenders. However, the Department is aware that fire authorities have further fire appliances in their fleets which are put to a variety of uses. Management of the number, type and age of fire appliances are a matter for each of the local authorities who have responsibility for the assessment of their individual fire cover needs, including the provision and management of a fleet adequate to their requirements.