Fire Crew attacked by youths throwing ‘missiles’

Fire Fighters came under attack last night while attempting to extinguish a rubbish fire deliberately set at the base of a community CCTV monitoring pole at an estate on the Northside of the Limerick City last night. It is understood fire fighters were attacked when a group of youths began to throw “missiles” at the crew.

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By Andrew Carey
Gardai at Henry Street Garda Station are investigating the setting of two rubbish fires at a CCTV monitoring pole near St Munchin’s St on Kings Island as well as reports that firefighters dealing with the initial blaze came under fire from a group of thugs throwing missiles at the emergency crews.

Shortly after 8pm last night, two fire appliances from Limerick City and County Fire and Rescue Service were sent to the scene where there was a report of a fire underway on the street adjacent to a house that was extensively damaged by fire on Christmas Eve.

Firefighters dealt with the initial blaze, but it is reported that crews came under attack from a group of thugs. One of the appliances was damaged when rocks and other items were thrown by the group who were gathered in the area.

No one was injured during the attack.

The incident was reported to Gardai who are investigating. However, fire crews had to return to the same scene less than one hour later as another fire had been set at the same location.

No further incidents were reported as the crews extinguished the second blaze.

Flood Warning Signs and Bollards taken from flooded roads on Kildare, Carlow, Laois border

Emergency Times understands that warning signs such as ‘Flooding Ahead’, ‘Road Closed’ and several bollards were removed from an approach road which were put in place to warn motorists of an impassable flooded  road at Maganey, Co. Kildare.

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The R417 is the main road between Athy, Co. Kildare and Carlow town and County Carlow. The area, known as the ‘Three Counties’ also serves as a route for Maganey and Castledermot in County Kildare and the communities of Barrowhouse and Ballylinan in County Laois.

Kildare County Council and Kildare Fire Service placed warning signs and bollards an the approach roads to the cross earlier this week as water from the river Barrow had flooded the entire road making it impassable.

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Pic: Kildare Fire Service and Council staff at Three Counties) understands that the warning signs and bollards were removed between late on Thursday night and in the early hours of Friday morning. from the approach road on the Athy side. This is an area on a bad bend as you enter the floods.

A motorcycle was found lying in the floods on the Athy side yesterday morning. It has since been removed from the water, however, it is not yet clear if the motorcyclists was injured.

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Meanwhile in Athy town centre, a similar incident occurred at the Courthouse at Emily Square in the town. Sandbags and flood defence materials which were placed at the historic Courthouse were taken from the  entrance and doors of the courthouse and thrown into the floods and the river.

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Kildare Civil Defence had already placed a cordon around the area and placed sandbags at premises. They have since been replaced.

Ambulance Service deals with over 2,220 calls on NYE

New Years Eve celebrations in Central London was ‘relatively successful and without any major incidents’ as London Ambulance Service and St. John Ambulance Service provided a full scale ‘on the ground’ medical event operations to the thousands of revellers who turned out to see the Fireworks display.

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Ahead of this year’s celebrations, the NHS and London Ambulance Service (LAS) launched the #EatDrinkBeSafe campaign on social media which encouraged people to be sensible when out celebrating over the Christmas and New Year. Prior to last nights celebrations, all medicals services were briefed as part of the event management plan.


The Central London medical event operation involved every aspect of the London Ambulance Service, the Saint John Ambulance Service, London Air Ambulance, Barts NHS Health Trust and other medical voluntary groups. Nine St. John Ambulance Treatment Centres were located across Central London which dealt with the majority of minor medical incidents.


146 people were treated at treatment centres last night compared to 200 at last year’s event.

Both the Ambulance Control Headquarters and the on-site Event Ambulance Control were extremely busy from about 7pm last night as control operators dealt with hundreds of emergency and non-emergency calls from across London.

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By midnight the calls increased dramatically and between 12 midnight and 5am, 2,221 emergency calls were received by London Ambulance Service and St. John Ambulance.   That’s almost 500 calls an hour which, according to LAS, is double the normal intake.


By 1am, 44% of incidents attended to were alcohol related. Six people were treated at the event, and five were taken to hospital before 3am. In December 2014, the NHS London Ambulance Service attended to an average of 163 alcohol related incidents every day in December alone.


Two Booze Buses were put into operation which was coordinated by paramedics on foot through the Event Ambulances. The London Metropolitan Police and London Borough Council put a number of road closures in place around Central London at four colour coded stages: Blue (2pm), Orange (5pm), Green (8pm) and Red (10pm).


Overall, it was a safe and enjoyable night for all emergency personnel in Central London!


London Fire Brigade celebrates 150 years of Service

London Fire Brigade is celebrating 150 years of service today. The UK’s Capital fire brigade has announced a year of celebration and fire safety events to commemorate the anniversary. 

Although the Great fire of London occurred 350 years ago, it wasn’t until 1st January 1866 that London Fire Brigade was initially formed as The Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB). This was as a result of insurance companies telling the government they were unwilling to be responsible for fire protection in London due to escalating compensation costs.

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New Year’s Day Parade
The year-long celebration starts today with LFB staff involved in the New Years Day parade. The theme of the parade is magic and the head of fire investigation Charlie Pugsley, who is also a magician, will be performing tricks with specially designed fire safety themed playing cards.

Around 50 people from across the Brigade including firefighters, fire cadets and retired members will walk the route alongside past and present vehicles.


London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “Today marks a very special day in the history of London’s fire service. Londoners have a great affection and trust in the Brigade and that is largely down to the huge professionalism of firefighters past and present. While rescue is at the heart of the service, we have also had incredible success with our preventative work. Fires are at their lowest levels since 1966 and we will continue to increase awareness of fire safety through our proactive work to keep London safer than ever before.”

Other 150 year events
Throughout 2016, there will be lots of ways the public an join in the celebrations and a number of events have also been organized to take place throughout the 150th year looking at the history of London Fire Brigade and educating the public on the importance fire safety information. All events are free of charge to the public and part funding has been found from a number of sponsors.

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Limited edition 150 book still on sale
The limited edition book is packed with rare images and charts our history from the formation of the MFB through to the present day London Fire Brigade led by Commissioner Ron Dobson. The images have been handpicked by museum curators from pictorial archivists Mary Evans. Every current serving London firefighter has received a free copy of the book which has been funded by sponsorship from Bristol uniforms. Members of the public can purchase the book online through the fire brigades website.

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150 years of progress
London Fire Brigade is the busiest fire and rescue service and the busiest metropolitan fire and rescue service in the UK and one of the largest firefighting organisations in the world. It provides services across the whole of the Greater London area, serving the capital’s 8.2 million residents as well as those who work in and visit the city. Last year, the number of fires was below 20,000 for the first time since records for Greater London began in 1966 and fire deaths have steadily declined since the 1980s. In 1987, there were 28.5 fire deaths per million residents compared to 3.4 per million in 2014.

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For more on London Fire Brigade 150 year celebrations, check out their website: Click Here