One Dead and several other injured following Stabbing Spree in London

One man is dead four others are seriously injured and three more are in hospital after a horrific Halloween night stabbing spree in London.

The stabbings occurred on Gloucester Road, Croydon shortly after 8pm.

Police and paramedics raced to the scene after four men, aged in their 20s, were knifed in the same street.


He was pronounced dead at the scene sparking a murder investigation, police said.

Two other men were rushed to a south London hospital in a serious condition.

Police said a fourth man presented himself at hospital with stab injuries which are not believed to be serious.

Croydon borough police officers wrote on Twitter: “Units responding to multiple stabbings on Gloucester Road.

How to Save a Life! A lovely gift to Adam from the Order of Malta.

Order of Malta Units have been very busy and active over the past week while promoting the ongoing ‘Adams Gift’ campaign and providing vital and valuable training in CPR to students and adults in schools and communities throughout Ireland.

The OMAC Adams Gift Roadshow visited schools, shopping centres, town centres and businesses around Ireland.

Pic: Omagh Unit: Photo: Courtesy Order of Malta Ireland

The Order of Malta Ireland has congratulated its members and volunteers who gave their time over the past week in helping to promote the nationwide Adams Gift campaign which was officially launched earlier this month by Minister for Health Simon Harris TD.

Pic: Limerick Unit: Photo: Courtesy Order of Malta Ireland

In a statement to this weekend, Commander Aoife Clarke, Assistant Director in Communications and Branding at Order of Malta Ireland said “As an organisation we are just thrilled with the way our volunteers all around the country have stepped up and embraced the concept of Adams Gift.  Learning CPR is a gift that can save someone’s life and we are delighted that our volunteers can provide that gift. Kerry McAndrew, Adam’s mother, is so very grateful for the support that has been given to this initiative. We look forward to continuing to raise awareness of the importance of CPR and use of an AED over the coming years.”

Pic: Bray Unit: Photo: Courtesy Order of Malta Ireland

Photo Gallery of Units from around the country for Adams Gift here on our facebook page.

75 Civil Defence volunteers to be trained to Rescue3 flood responder level

Dublin Civil Defence undertook a Swim Assessment in the Blessington Lakes recently with twenty-two volunteers qualifying for the Rescue3 flood responder course.

Seventy-five volunteers from the Civil Defence will have trained to Rescue3 flood responder level and above by December while fifteen volunteers will be trained at SRT level.

Pic: Volunteers at Blessington Lakes. Photo Courtesy Dublin Civil Defence

James McConnell, Dublin Civil Defence Officer told that the swim test is the prequalifying assessment for his members. “Participants must have a minimum of OFA level. This is all part of our preparation training or responding to floods. The swim test at Blessington Lakes is the prequalifying assessment for DCD volunteers to participate on the Rescue 3 Flood Responder course”.

“We expect that by early December, we will have 75 volunteers trained at R3 flood responder level and above” he said.

Pic: Volunteers at Blessington Lakes. Photo Courtesy Dublin Civil Defence

Rescue 3 has a long history in water rescue, developing the original Swiftwater Rescue Technician courses over 30 years ago.

The courses offered by Rescue 3 Europe are suitable for a wide range of people and organisations. Courses include water and flood awareness, basic water rescuer, swiftwater and flood first responder, and various levels of swiftwater and flood rescue technician courses.

The SRT (Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician) course complies with Defra Module 3 content requirements, and is regarded as the benchmark training course for swiftwater and flood rescue teams. This Rescue3 training course is intended for personnel who may be required to carry out rescues in a swiftwater and flood environment, including emergency and voluntary services personnel and mountain rescue teams.

Pic: SRT Training. Photo: Rescue3

The Civil Defence College in Roscrea is a provider of R3.

Three city fire brigades also currently provide the training courses; Dublin, Cork City and Limerick. Both Dublin Fire Brigade and Cork City Fire Brigade were the first two fire services in Ireland to train and equip firefighters to the required standard. Additional fire services and other organisations, including those in the private sector later joined as training providers.

Over the past fifteen years or so, and particularly during the ‘crash’ and in the face of cut-backs and austerity, these fire service authority’s took the initiative, and invested their time and resources in providing the training programme which enabled them to delver an NFPA adopted standard of training to personnel, a standard which is recognised by Rescue3.

Off the Run! A Dublin Fire appliance damaged

A crew riding on a Dublin Fire Brigade appliance escaped injury last night when their fire appliance came under attack.

The fire tender was damaged and is now ‘off the run’ until it is repaired. While the damage caused to the appliance may have been minimum and repairable, nonetheless, it leaves one station with one less appliance or may have restricted the response time  of Dublin Fire Brigade until  a reserve appliance was brought in.

Gardaí and Dublin Fire Brigade are investigating.


70 Jobs feared lost as fire guts Tipperary factory

Up to 70 jobs are feared lost following a fire at a furniture factory in County Tipperary. The fire began at around 7pm last evening at Tippo International, Kilkeary, which is approximately 35 km from Nenagh, North Tipperary.

Initial fire response involved as many as seven units of Tipperary Fire & Rescue Service were mobilised to the incident. This morning, fire crews from four north Tipperary stations remain at the scene. Emergency Times understands these stations are TN11 Nenagh, TN12 Thurles, TN13 Roscrea and possibly TN 14 Templemore.

Photo: via Twitter @TipperaryTimes spoke to the Munster Regional Control Centre this morning who confirmed what response was mobilised. ‘Four stations from North Tipperary in attendance, there are eleven fire appliances, a Hydraulic Platform (HP) and Water Tankers’.

Photo: via Twitter @firemul

Last night, local sources told Emergency Times that the fire was ‘well established’ on arrival.

Tipperary’s Chief Fire Officer Dave Carrol told TippFM News, the fire spread very quickly. ‘The entire premises is completely gutted essentially, and it was very quickly into the incident. Tippo manufactures Kitchens so it primarily timber and its laminated timber on the timber panels so it really does burn very ferociously. There is a lot of gas, heating oil, lots of hazards. The fire is now under control but still burning and probably will be for much of the day’.

The fire has caused extensive damage to the premises. There are no reports of any injuries.

Photo: via Twitter @firemul

In a tweet to @emergencytimes local TD Jackie Cahill said ‘Thoughts and prayers with Paddy & Mary Martin family & workers of Tippo International Kilkeary Nenagh and the @TipperaryCoCo Firefighters’.

Via twitter @emergencytimes


Fire Crews tackling major Fire in Tipperary

Fire Crews in County Tipperary are tackling a large fire at a factpry outside Nenagh, Co. Tipperary tonight.

Local sources say a fire at the wood fabrication premises on the outskirts of Kilkeary, Nenagh is ‘well established’.

One source said it may be the Tippo International Ltd premises who provider of Kitchens, PvC doors, Sliding Wardrobes etc.

It is understood several units of Tipperary Fire and Rescue Service are responding to the blaze.

Photo: Tipperary Fire & Rescue Service.

Potential Paramedics and Control Call-takers visit Ambulance stand at Jobs Expo

Thousands of job seekers marched into Croke Park in Dublin yesterday for Ireland’s leading jobs and employment fair, Jobs Expo, which event organisers say was this year’s event was a much bigger event than previously.

A wide range of Irish and multinational companies covering a variety of industries were recruiting at yesterdays event. These included healthcare, emergency services, education, financial services, marketing, pharmaceutical, construction, engineering, retail sales, tourism and hospitality.


The National Ambulance Service (NAS) exhibition stand showcased the national service overall including the National Ambulance Service College and the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). The NAS stand within the main exhibition arena attracted lots of interest from those wishing to john the frontline ambulance or emergency services and personnel from the NAS’ Educational & Competency Department and the EOC were all on hand to speak to and advise job seekers.


In addition to employers recruiting at the event, there were a series of talks from industry experts on the Expo’s Agenda Stage. The NAS sponsored one of the event’s seminar & talks. Ambulance Officer Tom Brady and Control Supervisor Richard Gleeson of the NAS both delivered presentations about all aspects of the National Ambulance Service from the Expo’s Agenda Stage.


Other talks which took place included popular US Immigration Attorney Caro Kinsella on how to obtain a US Visa, Education Personnel’s Kristina Appleby spoke about teaching jobs in New Zealand and Boston Scientific.

Job-seekers met one-on-one with professional development coaches for advice on their career and life choices.



Event organizer Kevin Branigan of Careers Unlimited said “We are really delighted with the mix of companies who took part in this October’s Jobs Expo. There was a huge range of industries and opportunities for recent graduates or school leavers, highly skilled, unemployed or those returning to the workforce or looking for their next challenge”.

All Photos: National Ambulance Service via Twitter @AmbulanceNAS


Army called in after two Igniferous IED’s found in derelict Cavan house

Two viable devices discovered at a house in Co Cavan last night were made safe by the Army Bomb Disposal Team.

The devices were found at a house in the Aughnaskerry area, outside Cavan own.

Photo: Courtesy

Gardaí were alerted to the incident. An Army Bomb Disposal Team which were requested by Gardaí to attend arrived on the scene at 8.45pm.

Following examination of the devices by the Bomb Disposal Team, they were found to be two viable igniferous IEDs. The IEDs were made safe at the scene and removed to a military location for further examination.

Defence Forces IED Army bomb Disposal Unit
Photo: Les Kelly /

The scene was declared safe by the Defence Forces Bomb Disposal Team at 10.40pm and following a technical examination of the devices, the parts will be handed over to the Gardai for evidential purposes.

St. John Ambulance mourns passing of ‘Uncle’ Noel Brady, SBStJ

Commissioner: ‘Noel achieved all he did for St John with the steadfast support of his late wife Maura and his two children, Frank and Colette’.

The Commissioner, Officers and Volunteers of St. John Ambulance service are mourning the death of one of their longest serving members following the passing yesterday of Noel Brady at St. James Hospital in Dublin.

Noel Brady had been a loyal and dedicated serving member of the organisation since he joined St. John Ambulance in 1939, from which throughout his service with the voluntary body, Mr. Brady was noted as being a prodigious ‘public duty man’ and a ferociously competitive ‘competitions man’, with a huge amount of success to his name was regarded by many as a person of immense achievement across all aspects of the organisation.

Photo: the late Noel Brady, SBStJ – R.I.P.
Pic: Courtesy St John Ambulance Ireland

John Hughes, Commissioner of St. John Ambulance said ‘It is with a sense of great personal sadness that I wish to confirm the passing away of our esteemed colleague, friend and mentor Noel Brady SBStJ, RIP; Staff Officer and Member of St John Ambulance Ireland since 1939. Noel has been a loyal and dedicated servant to his community through his Membership of St John Ambulance Ireland for close to 80 years’.

Pic: St. John Ambulance City of Dublin

It was in Noel’s honour that St. John Ambulance Ireland inaugurated a 75 years’ service medal when Noel reached that milestone a few short years ago. Commissioner Hughes said ‘Noel, affectionately known to many as ‘uncle Noel’, was for many years a member of City of Dublin Division of St John. He rose to become its Superintendent, before he was eventually persuaded to accept promotion to National Headquarters staff. In that context, we may have taken Noel out of City of Dublin Division, but we never really took City of Dublin out of Noel’.

‘Noel always sought to mentor and encourage the new members and younger Cadet Members and always sought to represent the interests of the rank and file members in his, very respectful, communications with a succession of Commissioners. His work within and on behalf of St John Ambulance Ireland was further recognised when Noel was invested as a Serving Brother of the Order of St John.


Commissioner Hughes told that Noel is probably the last member of St John Ambulance Ireland who had memories of our founding Commissioner, Sir John Lumsden. ‘In the few short words here, I cannot do justice to Noel’s achievements but there were many. Noel will be celebrated and fondly remembered by us all in St John in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.


‘Noel achieved all he did for St John with the steadfast support of his late wife Maura and his two children, Frank and Colette. For all the time and service he gave us, Noel still put family first and we remember Maura in particular at this time, as they are reunited in God’s presence. We offer our heart-felt condolences to Noel’s son Frank, daughter Colette and their respective families at this sad time.

In a statement on behalf of St John Ambulance, the Commissioner concluded, ‘Noel was the epitome of a man of his generation; generous to a fault with his time and energy, but carrying his immense achievements so very lightly’


Funeral Arrangements
Reposing at the Brian McElroy Funeral Home, Crumlin Village on Monday 24th October from 9am to 7.30pm. Funeral on Tuesday after 11.30am Mass in St. Agnes’ Church, Crumlin Village to Mt. Jerome Crematorium. No flowers by request. Donations in lieu to St. John Ambulance. House private please.

Shocking news for Athy as fire and ambulance staff launch campaign

A joint campaign between firefighters and ambulance personnel in Athy, Co. Kildare will see the members ‘Shock Athy’ over the coming weeks as they plan to raise funds to purchase three defibrillators for the communities they serve.

Discussions are taking place between the organisers and local businesses in an effort to choose the three most suitable sites for the defibrillators, which organisers say one each should ideally be placed at either end of the town and one placed in the town centre. The life-saving units will need to be easily accessed and kept safe and in a warm environment.


When sites are chosen and approved, the Athy based unit of the Order of Malta have agreed to provide free training to volunteers on how to use the defibrillators and other defibrillators nearby.  Both the fire and ambulance personnel involved in the initiative have stressed that the defibrillators, when in place, are there to back up the services and not replace them.

Photo: Mayor of Kildare, Councillor Ivan Keatley with Fire and Ambulance group

As part of the fundraising initiatives, Athy Fire Service will be holding a Table Quiz on Friday 11th November in Clancy’s Bar, Leinster street Athy. There will also be a Car Wash say on Saturday 12th November from 10am.

Local businesses in Athy are supporting the firefighters and ambulance staff in their ‘Shock Athy’ campaign. Some businesses have already donated spot prizes for a raffle on the night of the table quiz, while some other businesses have kindly offered cash donations in order to help raise funds for the three defibrillators. 


Kildare Fire Service and the National Ambulance Service is also supporting this worthy campaign.

Initiative for the Community
Speaking at the launch tonight, Station Officer Ben Woodhouse said ‘The fire station is the central part of the community, and should be open to the public as often as possible and on foot of that, firefighters here in Athy try and do something for the town and community of Athy and this year we are hoping to raise funds to purchase 3 to 4 defibrillators”.

Photo: Station Officer Ben Woodhouse

SO Woodhouse outlined that the initial idea came from Fire Fighter Paul O’ Rourke-Glynn who said they should have public accessible defibrillators in the town. ‘Although this may not be a primary function of the fire service, we do have an excellent working relationship with the Athy Ambulance Service so we took on board FF O’ Rourke-Glynn’s idea and got in touch with the ambulance service who have been more than happy to help us with this initiative and with further support from Pat O’ Rourke and his team at the Athy Order of Malta’.

Defibrillator Security
Both Chris Rowan and Nigel Kelly to the National Ambulance Service, based in Athy, outlined to invited guests what the procedure and how the defibrillators will operate once they are purchased and houses in the town. The units will be enclosed in an enclosed box which is alarmed and anyone who has been trained to use it will have a pin code to open the box and use the defibrillator.

Ambulance personnel Nigel Kelly said ‘In the chain of survival, early access and early intervention, early CPR defibrillation is vital in saving a person’s life and having these in any community will help greatly with preventing loss of life’.

Photo: Nigel Kelly, Athy Ambulance Service

Table Quiz
Speaking to after the launch, FF Paul O’ Rourke-Glynn said that there are up to 40 tables for the table quiz and so far, many of those have been booked. A table of four is €40 and anyone interested in booking remaining tables should contact any of the fire fighters in Athy.

Photo: Local supporter Brian Dooley with Fire and Ambulance group

Athy Fire Service and Athy Ambulance Service personnel are delighted with the support so far and wish to thank all who have done so up to now and are hoping that other businesses or organisations in the town can also contribute to what is essentially a life-saving cause.

Photo: Local Councillor Aoife Breslin with Fire and Ambulance group

Photo: Local Councillor Mark Wall with SO Woodhouse and Community Group


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