Thursday, 13 June 2019

Questions (35)

Michael McGrath


35. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the location in which Naval Service staff have been undergoing fire safety training in recent months; the arrangements being put in place relating to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24654/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) delivers specialised training to the Naval Service and is one of three training providers nationally approved to deliver and certify fire fighting training under the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping for Seafarers (STCW).  Due to the current unavailability of the NMCI’s Fire Training Unit while it awaits remediation works, the Naval Service has sent selected personnel to complete STCW certified fire fighting training at an alternative approved training provider based in Cork Harbour.  This arrangement will continue until the Fire Training Unit has been remediated.