Six people taken to hospital following collision during Garda Pursuit

Six people, including a young child and an infant have been rushed to hospital following a collision involving another car which was being pursued by Gardai. The incident happened at around 12pm at Ballagh, Portarlington road, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare.

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It is understood Gardai were in pursuit of a vehicle from a distance when that car collided with another vehicle in which a family were travelling in. A number of ambulances and a helicopter attended the scene. Ambulances from Athy, Portlaoise and Tullamore were assisted by units of the fire brigade from Monasterevin, Co. Kildare and Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Three occupants of one of the cars who were injured were all males in their teens or early 20’s. One of them was taken to Tullamore General Hospital, while another was taken to Tallaght hospital with serious injuries and a third, who was also taken to Tallaght Hospital with serous head injuries has since being transferred to Beaumont Hospital.

Three people in the other car, an adult male, a two-year old boy and a seven-year old girl were all injured and were also taken to Tullamore Hospital. Emergency Times understands that the seven year old has since been transferred to the intensive care unit of the Cumlin’s Childrens Hospital in Dublin.

Kildare Gardai have closed the road and are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 045-527730. An investigation team from the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission are at the scene.


Laser Attacks on Police & Rescue Helicopters ‘dangerous and irresponsible’

Gardai are investigating reports of an incident in which an Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter came under a ‘laser attack’ while the aircraft was en route to a Dublin hospital following the successful rescue of a hand-glider.

Both the IRCG R117 and Clogherhead Coast Guard dealt with the incident yesterday evening, but their mission was hampered and endangered when the aircraft was stunned by a laser. The Irish Coast Guard have described the laser attack as ‘dangerous and irresponsible’.

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This is the second such reported incident this weekend. In Northern Ireland, a seventeen-yea- old youth was arrested by the PSNI in Derry following a similar ‘laser attack’ on a Police helicopter on Friday night. PSNI Superintendent Mark McEwan said “The arrest was made on suspicion of endangering the safety of an aircraft. The seventeen year old boy was spoken to in the presence of his parents” he said.

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Emergency Times comment: While targeting any aircraft of any kind with a laser light is a dangerous act and has the potential to cause the aircraft down, it is particularly worrying and disturbing that a police or a rescue helicopter or aircraft is targeted, given the purpose of their role in helping to save lives, rescuing people and preventing crime.

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Warehouse fire prevented from spreading and family escape seperate fire in Cork

A family escaped uninjured following a house fire in Cork early this morning. Three Units of Cork City Fire Brigade were alerted to a House Fire in Ballyphehane shortly before 7am. The house, which was occupied at the time, was located at O’ Growney Crescent, Pears Road. The occupants of the house were safely removed from the fire and there were no reports of any inures. Fire crews left the scene at around 8.30am.

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Meanwhile, Cork City Fire Brigade and Cork County Fire Service tackled a blaze which broke out at a disused dairy products warehouse in Riverstown, Glanmire last night. The alarm was raised at around 7.15pm.

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Cork City Fire Brigade mobilised two Fire Tenders, a Water Carrier and an Aerial Ladder Platform while fire crews from Cobh and Middleton were also called to assist. On arrival, fire fighters found a fire in the roof of the premises to be ‘Well established’ before they quickly brought the blaze under control.

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The scene was declared safe at approximately 11pm; however, the fire brigade remained at the scene for a number of hours overnight to dampen down the fire.
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Two Dead following Derbyshire house explosion.

Two people have died following a fire and an explosion at a house in Derbyshire at Valley View Road in Riddings, near Alfreton. The blaze was reported at around 7.30am and fire fighters were prevented from entering the house for several hours at the structure was described as ‘too dangerous’ for fire crews to enter.

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Six fire tenders, an aerial platform and a command support unit are at the scene. A number of Ambulances were also at the scene. Derbyshire Fire Brigade summoned a team of structural engineers to attend the incident in order to asses the structure. A specialist fire investigation team is also at the scene.

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Derbyshire Police’s Chief Inspector Steve Pont said: “We’ve been able to make the house safe and search the property and I can confirm that unfortunately there are two bodies in the property. “We believe that it’s the husband and wife that live at the property but we’ve not been able to formerly identify them at this time.  We do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances. However, we are in the very early stages of our investigation. We’ve got a difficult job ahead of us now but while we are doing that we are all thinking about the families.”

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David Lovett, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said “Three specialist Search and rescue teams from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service are assisting the team and in conjunction with a Buildings Inspector they are surveying the property and making plans to make the structure safe so we can get inside.”

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Excelerate to host launch of West Midlands Ambulance Service Incident Command Vehilce

The West Midlands Ambulance Services new state-of-the-art Incident Command Vehicle will be officially launched at the Emergency Services Show on Wednesday 23rd Sept. The official launch will be hosted by Excelerate Technology at their stand (Stand G28).

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Photo: (Final touches and testing of WMAS ICV being put in place at the Excelerate Stand at ESS)

Emergency Times will be at the launch to get an inside look at the capabilities and technological advances that the new incident command vehicle has to offer. We will also be speaking with WMAS Assistant Chief Officer Steve Wheaton and the CEO of Excelerate Technology David Savage.


Excelerate is a leading provider of data, video, voice and Internet via satellite and wireless solutions. Through integrated vehicle based and incident ground applications, the company’s solutions enable resilient, independent and secure communications anytime, anywhere without reliance on terrestrial networks – allowing emergency responders to share critical information in real time.

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Radical plans for Emergency Services to merge as one in Tri-Service Stations

Police, Fire and Ambulance Services are set to merge as part of a radical shake up of the emergency services in the UK, under Home Office proposals which will see police forces and fire services across the country joined together under one chief officer in each region.  Ambulance Services may also have to interlink and share premises with fire and police services as part of the proposed plan.

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The controversial plans seen by Emergency Times have fueled concerns after it emerged that a chief fire officer could end up managing and operating a police force without any crime fighting experience in a move which is designed to improve efficiency and save money as the Government’s austerity drive continues.

This is not a new concept in the UK where Fire and Police Services operate under a shared agreement, using the same buildings, training rooms, offices and training yards, however, each service operates separate to and independent of each other within the same premises such as the case in Northampton and Hampshire for example and the Community Emergency Tri-Service Station in Cornwall.

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In Northamptonshire, the Fire and Police Service currently share resources, and plans have been underway since 2013 to merge the services of both the fire and police service fully, a move which is likely to happen soon. A shared vehicle, a Rural Intervention Vehicle has been in use by Northampton Police & Fire Service for some time and has been working well in the community.

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Rank and file police officers called the move ‘policing on the cheap’ and have warned the move could see fire fighters take on some officer roles, while a Fire Brigade Union said any merge of this kind would damage the public trust in its members if they were associated with the police and law enforcement. It is expected that while the current Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) would take over oversight of fire services in their area and be responsible for both budgets, the two emergency services would however remain distinct but would share facilities, back room staff, IT systems, call centres and other common services, in a move

A consultation document seen by has revealed the Home Office is planning to remove a rule that currently prevents a chief fire officer from applying to become a chief constable unless he or she has previously worked as a police officer. Removing this rule would mean that a fire chief could apply for and be appointed as the head of a merged police and fire service even if they had no policing experience.

Chief Constable Lynne Owens, lead on emergency services collaboration for the National Police Chiefs’ Council said: “It was surprising to see the suggestion that a Chief Fire Officer would be eligible to apply for the Chief Constable post included in the Government’s proposal. This seems to suggest a fundamental change to the current position in which Chief Constables hold the office of Constable and are experienced in the exercise of those powers.”

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The Home Office insisted that under any changes no police officer would become a fire-fighter and no fire-fighter would be given the power of arrest.

The consultation said new legislation would allow PCCs to take on the responsibility of the fire and rescue authority in their area “where a local case is made that it would be in the interests of economy, efficiency and effectiveness, or public safety”.

Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), said there is “absolutely no case” for PCCs to take over fire and rescue services. He said: “These are badly thought out proposals from a government which couldn’t care less about emergency services or those they employ. Police are law enforcers, while fire and rescue is a humanitarian service with a very different remit and culture”.

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“Firefighters need to be seen to be neutral within the communities they serve. Links with law enforcers will damage the much needed trust and reputation firefighters have built up in neighbourhoods over decades, trust they depend on to gain access to peoples’ homes when needed for fire prevention and rescue work” he said.

Policing Minister Mike Penning said: “It simply doesn’t make sense for emergency services to have different premises, different back offices and different IT systems when their work is so closely related and they often share the same boundaries” while Fire Minister Mark Francois said the number of fires is falling each year, adding: “We want to remove any bureaucratic barriers to joint working and allow local leaders to make the arrangements that work best for them.”

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David Lloyd, of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, said they supported the proposals while “recognising that for a range of reasons … not every area will wish to pursue these new opportunities.”

Earlier this year, Andrew Hichens became the first UK Tri-Service Officer who is a qualified fire-fighter, police officer and ambulance paramedic.

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Emergency Times to attend the UK Emergency Services Show

A new seminar theatre dedicated to training will feature at The Emergency Services Show which returns to the NEC in Birmingham from 23-24 September 2015. The new seminars will be led by experts who run specialist courses for emergency services personnel, and will expand the offering of free learning opportunities already available to visitors.


The growing exhibition for emergency responders has already attracted many of the most respected training providers in the industry including the Tactical Training Centre, NHS Ambulance Service First Aid Training consortia (NASFAT), Fire Training Group, PGI Training, Ferno, University of St Andrews, Coventry University and London Metropolitan University.

New Fire Appliance will be attending the two-day show, with thanks to our event sponsor’s Deegan Safety. Emergency Times will keep you up-to-date from the show on all the new vehicles, equipment and PPE, plus, we will also showcase the latest in training and technology which is being used by the emergency services today.


With something new around every corner, The Emergency Services Show provides a unique opportunity for emergency responders to learn, network and progress their careers. It is also a showcase for the best examples of industry collaboration and innovation. “The exhibition halls will be buzzing with knowledge and expertise and we urge officers of all ranks, across all emergency services, to take full advantage,” says event director David Brown.

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If you are heading t the show, keep an eye out for the Emergency Times Crew and say Hello!

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DFB send ‘full Response’ to confirmed Fire in Dublin Port Tunnel

Dublin Fire Brigade has mobilised a ‘full response’ to a confirmed fire in the Dublin Port Tunnel. One man has been brought to the Matter Hospital as a precaution. The Port tunnel is closed until the afternoon and traffic diversions are in place.

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A truck caught fire travelling northbound through the tunnel. The Fire Brigade were alerted to the fire at around 7am.

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The standard response by Dublin Fire Brigade to a confirmed fire n the tunnel is four fire tenders, a Tunnel Response Vehicle, an Emergency Tender, the Environmental Unit, and Ambulance and two District Officers. has estimated that up to ten fire appliances are at the scene. It is estimated that up to ten fire appliances are at the scene. DFB: Confirmed fire in Dublin Port Tunnel, both bores of the tunnel are now closed. Full tunnel response in attendence D41, D42, D43, D44, D45, D35, D51, D61, D/O Delta AND D/O Foxtrot’.

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While the fire has been brought under control there is major traffic gridlock in the area and around the city and suburbs as a result of the tunnel closure.

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AA Roadwatch has said that the 5 axle ban on trucks in the city centre has been temporarily lifted to help ease traffic.

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Lough Erne exercise tests Northern Ireland’s Water Rescue Response

A multi agency water based training exercise took place on Lough Erne recently involving the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service, the Police Service of Northern Ireland, RNLI and St Angelo Airport Fire Service. The exercise was used as an opportunity to test emergency response plans between the agencies as well as sharing information about resources and capabilities. The training programme further enhanced the strong working bonds between the agencies taking part which ultimately will keep the local community safe.

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Western Area Station Commander with Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) is Padraig McKeon. He said: “The purpose of this training initiative was to familiarise personnel from each of the agencies with what resources, capabilities and specialism’s are available to them, to build on interagency relationships and enhance the emergency cover within the Fermanagh area regarding water related incidents”.

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“Firefighters attend water related rescue incidents and water rescue is an integral part of NIFRS emergency response capability. We found this training initiative extremely beneficial as it reinforced our procedures and systems for attending water rescues on Lough Erne. This initiative will ultimately benefit the people of Fermanagh and visitors to the area by strengthening our integrated emergency response capability. I would like to thank Western Area Crew Commander Michael Curran for organising the event and Enniskillen Delta Watch for their involvement” he said.

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Both the PSNI and the NIFRS have a Memorandum of Understanding regarding incidents on Lough Erne. PSNI Inspector Rory Hoy, said this exercise has tested procedures. “The PSNI and NIFRS have a ‘memorandum of understanding’ regarding the transportation of colleagues from NIFRS to incidents on Lough Erne and this exercise was designed to test procedures. Police boats patrol the lake engaging in specific operations as well as general anti-crime patrols. We often work with statutory and voluntary organisations. The PSNI is committed to maintaining high standards of training to ensure we have the capability and capacity to work seamlessly with partner agencies on Lough Erne.”

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