Emergency Services Christmas Advert

A NEW Christmas greetings video for the Emergency Services has been produced. The video features members of the Gardai, Police, Emergency, Voluntary and Security services in Ireland and the UK.

The two-minute video portrays the courage, commitment and dedication of the front-line Emergency services, the principal Voluntary services and the Armed and Defence Forces who will be available and on-call throughout the Christmas and New Year, as always.

The video captures clips and images representing An Garda Siochana, the Police Service of Northern Ireland, London Metropolitan Police, London Ambulance Service, HSE National Ambulance Service, Carlow County Fire Service, Offaly County Fire Service, Irish Defence Forces, Irish Coast Guard, HM Coast Guard, the RNLI, Civil Defence, Order of Malta, Irish Red Cross, British Red Cross and Search & Rescue Services in their operational capacity.

The video is the first ever all inclusive non-profit promotional advert for the emergency, voluntary and security services. The script was written by Declan Keogh, founder and developer of Emergencytimes.com which in itself is a voluntary on-line magazine and forum for the members of the emergency and voluntary services. The audio was recorded in America and produced in Dublin.

Footage and images throughout he video are touching, and reflect the reality of what the services are faced with every day of their working lives. The fire-fighters piece in particular is striking, as it shows the rescuing of two 11 year old boys from a burning building. The images were staged for the video and feature members of Carlow County Fire Service, John Comerford and Des Hanley. The two boys being ‘rescued’ are cousins David Curren and Brendan Curren, both from Carlow. The photos were taken by Enda Curren and Dermot Scully. Carlow Firefighter and Driver Mechanic Paul Curren also facilitated with the setting up of the photographs.

Pic: Enda Curren for Emergency Times
Pic: Enda Curren for Emergency Times

Photographic and video credits are to Declan Keogh, Pat Flynn, Les Kelly, Dermot Scully, Sean Curtain, Enda Curren, Irish Defence Forces, London Ambulance Service, London Metropolitan Police and the RNLI.

The video can be viewed here. Happy Christmas, from Emergencytimes.com

Aircraft Crash Landing Exercise

An airline flight from Malaga to Dublin has crash landed in a field on the Dublin/Meath border, west of Dublin Airport. There were 61 passengers on board and 6 crew members. The aircraft came down at approximately 11.25am. Minutes later, a full scale emergency operation swung into action and the Major Emergency Plan was implemented by 11.30am. This was all part of a simulated exercise which took place on Thursday 2nd October 2014.

Report By Declan Keogh

Local Gardai and Meath County Fire Service were first on the scene, quickly followed by additional fire brigade units, including Dublin Airport Fire Service. A fleet of Ambulances from across Dublin and the North East were also mobilised by the HSE Ambulance Service control centre. Voluntary services such as the Irish Red Cross and Civil Defence Units from Meath, Kildare and Cavan and surrounding areas were also called out.

Dublin Airport Fire Service responded to the crash with two Airport crash trucks, one command vehicle and a logistics vehicle. The Airport crash truck is a specialist vehicle for these types of incidents. Each truck carries 1600 litres of foam and 11,000 litres of water.

Gardai and the HSE have confirmed there were 24 fatalities following the crash, while six others died in hospital. The plane collided with a number of vehicles on crash landing. 15 people were injured on the ground, some fatally.

A field hospital was set-up on site, while casualties were also transported to six hospitals in Drogheda and Dublin. The Irish Red Cross and the Civil Defence assisted with treating casualties and carrying them to the field hospital.


The Mobile Command and Control units from the Gardai, HSE and Fire Service arrived and Communications plan was put in place. By this time, a Local Coordination Centre was also established at Meath County Council’s headquarters in Navan.

As news of the airline crash began to spread, the Local Coordination team prepared for a press briefing to the media. Information on casualty and fatality numbers, passenger information and their nationalities, the services involved, resources in place and assistance required was all being fed from the Mobile Command and Control units at the scene to the Local coordination centre in Navan.

Although this was just an exercise for the emergency services, the likelihood of such an incident could arise and the Gardai, Local Authority, the HSE, Ambulance Service and Voluntary services need to conduct such exercises, in order to test the preparedness, capabilities and working relationship of each service involved.

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