Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (98)

John Brady

Question:

98. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the establishment numbers for the retained fire service; and the number of existing number across all fire authorities in the State. [38395/20]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

As previously indicated to the Deputy in response to PQ 17303/20 on July 21st last, my Department does not routinely collect the data in the format requested.

The position is that 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, is a statutory function of individual fire authorities under the Fire Services Acts, 1981 and 2003. 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 equipment and priority infrastructural projects.

Fire services are provided in Ireland by local authorities in accordance with the provisions of the Fire Services Acts, 1981 and 2003. At the moment there are 31 fire authorities which provide fire prevention and fire protection services for communities through 27 service delivery structures. Local authority fire services are delivered by approximately 3,300 local authority staff engaged at 218 fire stations nationwide, with 16 of these stations being full-time stations, a further 4 are mixed full-time and retained, and 198 retained stations.

My Department does not routinely collect the data in the format requested by the Deputy. However, as part of on a broader review exercise currently in progress a breakdown, based on data supplied by local authorities, of the number of firefighters in each fire authority as at July 2020 is set out in the table below.

Fire service

Total no. of operational staff in stations

Carlow

45

Cavan

86

Clare

75

Cork City

152

Cork County

204

Donegal

154

Dublin

963

Galway

138

Kerry

104

Kildare

60

Kilkenny

68

Laois

72

Leitrim

37

Limerick City & County

140

Longford

46

Louth

100

Mayo

112

Meath

72

Monaghan

51

Offaly

53

Roscommon

44

Sligo

43

Tipperary

127

Waterford

124

Westmeath

49

Wexford

64

Wicklow

87

3270

Question No. 99 answered with Question No. 80.