Patient dies and two paramedics injured following ambulance fire in Kildare

The HSE has confirmed that the Hospital Group is expected to make a statement this afternoon following an incident at the Accident & Emergency Department at Naas General Hospital, in which a patient died and two ambulance paramedics were injured when the ambulance they were in caught fire outside the A&E unit at Naas.

Ambulance fire at Naas Hospital A & E

The tragic events occurred at around 2pm as a patient, believed to be a man in his 70’s was being brought into the hospital by ambulance. On arrival, witnesses said the ambulance simply went on fire.

Ambulance fire at Naas Hospital A & E

Two paramedics were injured, one of whom is being treated in Intensive Care.

The hospital activated its internal emergency plan and the Emergency Department and adjoining area of the building was evacuated.

The National Ambulance Service (NAS) has implemented ‘appropriate diversion protocols’ which means patients are being taken to alternative hospitals. Both the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and An Garda Siochana have been informed and a full investigation is underway into the incident.

Ambulance fire at Naas Hospital A & E

The hospital has asked any member of the public seeking access to medical care to visit their GP in the first instance and if necessary to access another Emergency Department in an alternative hospital.

The hospital has also requested that members of the public refrain from visiting at this time


Ambulance fire at Naas Hospital A & E

Up to four units of Kildare Fire Service attended the scene along with a number of gardaí.

Bigger Hall, More Features at Emergency Services Show UK

Home Safety and Lessons Learnt are two new themes which play a key role in this year’s Emergency Services Show at the NEC, Birmingham, and with a bigger hall and many more features this year, it is clear that exhibitors and visitors are even happier with this even bigger three-day show, which began on Tuesday.

Almost 500 businesses and organisations are onsite at this indoor and outdoor exhibition, showcasing their products and services to the blue light world of business.


The College of Paramedics exhibit area attracts a large crowd every year and this year they are once again providing free 30 minute CPD workshops. The new CPD-accredited Trauma Care Training & Education Zone will feature CPD skills stations and a fully immersive training suite where teams can perform a primary survey under pressure.


Event organisers have included a new aspect to this year’s show called ‘Home Safety’ which runs alongside the Emergency Service Show itself. Home Safety allows emergency services to share ideas and best practices in helping people live safely at home. Equipment on keeping the home safe is also on display.


Another key theme at the show this year is ‘Lessons Learnt’, which provides a free two-day seminar programme focusing on lessons learnt, curated and inspired by JESIP and the National Operational Guidance Programme for the Fire & Rescue Service. Lessons learnt reviews the multi-agency responses to recent incidents, identify the operational challenges and captures positive learning. This area includes a new rescue technique and communication models for improved outcomes in the future.


The Emergency Services Show attracts management, officers and personnel from all services within the entire emergency services spectrum,  showcasing equipment, services, ppe and equipment in leading names to the police, fire and ambulance services, the search and rescue, communications, fleet providers and medical sector.

Emergency Services praised for rapid response to Cork Incident

The emergency services were praised in Cork last night for their rapid and exceptional response to an incident in which three children suffered burns after a petrol canister exploded in their home yesterday.

The incident happened at around 6.30pm when a canister containing petrol was brought into the house and shortly exploded inside the home in Drinagh, Drimleogue, Cork.

Three children, including five month old twins and a one-year old boy suffered burns to their bodies.

Frantic calls were made to the emergency services which resulted in a major response.


The National Ambulance Emergency Operations Centre coordinated a number of resources to the incident. Ambulances with Advanced Paramedics, Paramedics, Cork’s Rapid Response Doctor service response were all mobilised by the NAS while the Irish Coast Guard station at Valentia coordinated the air lift and coast guard response with crews from Toe-head Coast Guard and the Shannon based rescue helicopter.

All three children were treated at the scene and subsequently airlifted by R115 to Cork University Hospital where their conditions are said to be non-life threatening.


Locals at Drinagh, West Cork have praised the emergency services for their rapid response which helped save the children.
Photos: (National Ambulance Service and East Cork Rapid Response)

Gardaí launch ‘Supportng Safer Communities’ Campaign at National Ploughing Championship

The Gardaí have launched their annual ‘Supporting Safer Communities’ campaign at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly this morning.

The national campaign which begins today and runs until Tuesday 27th September 2016 aims to prevent home burglaries.

The Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’ Sullivan attended the garda stand at the national event.

(Garda Inspector and young ‘Garda’ at last years event)

The focus of the campaign is to encourage home owners to Lock Up and Light Up to prevent burglaries. Many information events will be held at Garda Stations throughout the country. This includes a dedicated National Property Recovered Day on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 where people will be able to view images of property recovered from burglaries.

These images will also be available on the garda website and a home security information pack is also available at

Speaking at the launch, Sergeant Kelvin Courtney from the National Crime Prevention Unit said, “Operation Thor and the Lock Up Light Up campaign have seen a huge reduction in the number of home burglaries. From October to March, reported burglaries fell nationally by 31% and this has continued through the summer.

“However, burglaries tend to rise in winter months. As the days get shorter I would remind homeowners to make sure their home looks occupied. Use timer switches to turn on lights, lock all doors and windows, store keys away from windows and letterboxes, and use your alarm. Lock Up and Light Up.

“During this Supporting Safer Communities campaign we are encouraging people to mark their property and reduce the pay off for the burglar. Photograph and record details of your valuables”.

Facts on Winter Burglaries

  • Historically residential burglaries increase during the winter months.
  • Over 45% of residential burglaries in winter occur between 5pm and 11pm.
  • In 1 in 5 burglaries, the burglar enters through an unsecured door or window.
  • The most likely entry point for a burglar is a door 29% through the front door and 26% through a rear door.
  • Access through a rear window accounts for 24%.
  • Jewellery and cash are the most common objects stolen during burglaries.
  • The typical value stolen per burglary in the last twelve months is €600.
  • There were over 160 cases where car keys were ‘fished’ through the letterbox in the past year.
  • Homes that look unoccupied are more vulnerable to burglary; Lock Up and Light Up.

Visit the Garda Stand at the National Ploughing Championships #ploughing16 at Row 10, Block 23, Stand No. 50

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Two arrests following Cork hostage situation

A hostage situation has ended in Cork following a stand-off between two men and gardaí overnight.

Gardai in Cork were alerted to a barricaded incident at a house on St. Mary’s Road, Cork at around 4.30am. Three males and one female were reported to being the house.

Pic: Anglesea Street Garda Station. (Photo: Emergency Times)

A garda negotiator was requested to intervene in the incident. Local gardai were back-up by armed gardai from the Regional Support Unit from Anglesea Street Garda Station.

Two units of Cork City Fire Brigade were also requested to attend the scene.

Two males, aged in their 20’s were arrested at the scene and brought to Mayfield garda station. A male and female in their 50’s were taken to Cork University Hospital where their injuries are described as minor.

Garda Superintendent Mick Comyns at Mayfield garda station said ‘two young males had a row with the other male and female in the house and took them hostage’.

The incident concluded at around 9.30 this morning.

Body recovered following multi-agency search in Cork

A body has been removed from the water at Kennedy’s Quay in Cork this evening following a multi-agency search and recovery operation after the car in which he was travelling entered the water.


The search began at around 5pm. Cork City Fire Brigade along with crews from the National Ambulance Service. Both the Coast Guard and the RNLI units from Crosshaven and local river rescue crews were all involved in the initial search.

The IRCG R117 from Waterford, the Naval Service and Garda Crime Scene Investigation unit were at the scene. The Naval Service arrived on the scene at around 7pm after being alerted by the Gardaí.

The car was recovered earlier however rescuers and divers continued to search for the single occupant whose body was recovered later this evening.

Mountain Rescue Team commemorate air crash victims on 40th Anniversary

Forty years ago yesterday three men died in an aircraft incident in the Galtees Mountains. The crash which all three men were killed in 1976 paved the way the establishment of more formal structures within the mountain rescue agencies and in 1977, the new structures resulted in the development of a voluntary and professional mountain rescue team for the south east, and in 1977 the South East Mountain Rescue Association was established, known today as SEMRA.


To mark the 40th anniversary, members of SEMRA, local people and a large number of relatives of the three men who died in an air crash gathered at the monument on the Black Road yesterday to commemorate the event forty years on. Family members paid tributes and memories were shared in what was a very moving occasion.

This year relatives were able to see the mountains and the crash site in the distance which was not possible at the commemoration 10 years previously due to poor visibility on the mountain that day. A small number of relatives and members of South Eastern Mountain Rescue continued on after the gathering at the monument to the remote crash site high on the mountain side.


The Air Corps who played a key role in the search and recovery back in 1976 were represented at the commemoration by 2nd Lt Niall Dungan.

SEMRA Chairman Roy Johnston said ‘The air crash in 1976 was a catalyst to the setting up more formal mountain rescue structures in 1977 and the development of voluntary professional mountain rescue service in the south east. Since SEMRA was founded in 1977 it has responded to three light aircraft crashes in the south east and one in Wicklow where they assisted our neighbouring Teams”.


The recent involvement of the team in the air crash on the Blackstairs in May 2015 made Saturday’s commemoration even more poignant as it connects the team closely to the events of 1976.
Photos: (South East Mountain rescue Association via facebook)

Government urged to establish national ‘All Services Day’

The Chairman of FESSEF – Frontline Emergency and Security Services Eire Form has today called on the government to establish an annual national ‘All Service Day’ to recognise the members of Ireland’s emergency, voluntary, security and rescue services.

The call comes on the day that the national frontline and voluntary services took part in a parade from Parnell Square to Trinity College, Dublin where they joined other services at an exhibition and display at Trinity College.


FESSEF Chairman Seamus O’ Neill spoke to and said he will be calling for an ‘All Services Day’. ‘While it is great to see all these services proudly showcasing their services here in Dublin, it should also be recognised nationally and I am using this opportunity today to call on the Government to consider holding an ‘All Services Day’ each year, to recognise these men and women and the services that they so proudly service, whether it is paid, voluntary or on a reserve basis. There needs to be more recognition of these services I think’.


Thousands of people lined the streets of Dublin to greet the emergency and voluntary services as they paraded through O’ Connell Street en -oute to Trinity College.

The parade came to a standstill at the Spire on O’ Connell street and a minute silent was held as a mark of respect to the late Caitriona Lucas, who died tragically last week at Kilkee, Co. Clare. Caitriona was a voluntary member of the Irish Coast Guard. At the exhibition at Trinity College, the Irish Coast Guard also paid tribute to their colleague and hundreds of people, members of services and members of the public lined up to sign books of condolences as a mark of respect.



This is the third year that FESSEF has coordinated this event and it is growing each year. Irish Water Safety joined the list of services today.

Minister Shane Ross and Minister Simon Harris are to join heads of services and invited guests later this evening at a special Gala Dinner at Trinity College.


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Emergency Services Day launched in Dublin

The national Emergency Services Day 2016 which takes place this Saturday, 17th September was launched at Trinity College in Dublin yesterday.

Launching Emergency Services Day 2016 (Photo Courtesy FESSEF Press Office)

Report by: Declan Keogh   @DeclanTKeogh

Hundreds of members of the frontline and voluntary services participate in a parade from Parnell Square to Trinity College, Dublin where they will join other services and colleagues at the Exhibition Open Day.

A popular event among the Principal Response Agencies (PRA – Emergency Services) and the Voluntary Emergency Services (VES), the national services parade is hosted by FESSEF – ‘Frontline Emergency and Security Services Eire Forum’ which is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to promote the work and efforts of the emergency, voluntary and security services.

National Ambulance Service personnel
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A parade of all services, vehicles and members will take place through Dublin City on Saturday at 12pm. Participants will assemble at Parnel Square from 11am where grand marshal, Pascal O’ Donoghue TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform will call the parade at 12 noon before all services and members will then parade from Parnell Square to Trinity College, via O’ Connell bridge and D’olier Street.

Minister Pascal O’ Donoghue at last years parade.

The parade is due to arrive at Trinity College for 1pm.

An exhibition of all services services will take place at Trinity College from 11am until 4pm where members of the public are invited to visit and meet with the men and women of the emergency services and see the equipment they use in order to carry out their duties on a daily basis.

The theme of this year’s exhibition is ‘Safety’ and demonstrations will take place on many aspects of safety awareness throughout the day.

Dublin Fire Brigade providing a demonstration

One of the highlights of the event is the Gala Dinner at the end of the day, which is also held at Trinity College.  Tickets for the gala dinner sold out some weeks ago and organisers have said there is a waiting and holding list of people interested to attend.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Brendan Carr is the guest speaker at Gala Dinner and keynote speaker is Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD.



The services taking part are An Garda Síochána, Irish Defence Forces, National Ambulance Service, Dublin Fire Brigade, Irish Coast Guard, the Irish Prison Service, Civil Defence, Order of Malta, Irish Red Cross, St. John Ambulance, Mountain Rescue Ireland, River Rescue Units, Airport Fire and Police Service, Royal National Lifeboat Institute and Blood Bikes.

The bands of An Garda Síochána, the Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band, National Ambulance Service Pipe and Drums Ireland and the band of the Irish Prison Service will also perform as part of the parade.

Band of An Garda Síochána

Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band

NAS Pipe & Drums Ireland Band

Irish Prison Service Pipe Band

While the theme for this year’s Gala Dinner is ‘Remembrance’ the day itself will no doubt be tinged with great sadness, following the tragic death of Irish Coast Guard member Caitriona Lucas at Kilkee, Co. Clare. Given he circumstances, the Irish Coast Guard may not be participating in the parade in the capacity it did in previous years.

Irish Coast Guard members

The Emergency Services Day is sponsored by Dublin City Council, and partnered with Helly Hansen, the Dublin Airport Authority and Trinity College. fully supports this event and our team will once again be covering the parade and exhibition throughout and we invite you to connect with the ‘Emergency Services Day 2016’ using the #ESD2016 on social media.

Seamus O’ Neill, Chairman of FESSEF spoke to Emergency Times and outlined plans for the event. “First and foremost, I want to take this opportunity to extend my condolences on behalf of FESSEF to the family and colleagues of the late Caitriona Lucas of the Coast Guard. She was an exceptional person in an exceptional service”

FESSEF Group with Mnister O’ Donoghue.  (FESSEF Chairperson, Seamus O’ Neill is 3rd from right)

“The idea behind this event is to raise the profile and awareness of all the emergency, voluntary and security services and to showcase to the public what their roles are, their capabilities are and how they operate. It’s a wonderful day for everyone, for the members of each service themselves and for the public and we hope that everyone has a great day on Saturday”.


For more on the Emergency Services Day 2016, visit the FESSEF website at and keep up to date on the parade, the exhibition and at the Gala Dinner day by following Emergency Times on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Snapchat, all @emergencytimes and don’t forget to use the hashtag –  #ESD2016