Emergency Personnel category added to ‘Best of Dublin’ Awards

Dublin’s 98fm have introduced a new category in their ‘Best of Dublin’ Awards to include emergency service personnel.

The ‘Best of Dublin’ Awards have returned for its 4th year and 98fm are looking for you to vote for your favourite things about Dublin.

Their new category “Dublin Hero” celebrates emergency personnel and nominations are now open.

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To nominate your favourite emergency service personnel, visit the link below and enter your details.

Shortlists will be announced and released for public vote on Tuesday 2nd May.

Best of Dublin Awards http://www.98fm.com/bestofdublin

Four gardaí assaulted in two seperate attacks

FOUR members of the gardaí were treated in hospital following two separate assaults which happened in Mayo and Dublin last night.

In Mayo, a male garda suffered head and hand injuries and a female garda suffered minor injuries following an incident in Claremorris in the early hours of this morning. Both gardaí were taken to Castlebar General Hospital. The male garda was treated and discharged yesterday while his colleague did not require hospital treatment.

Gardaí have arrested three males, aged 18, 21 and 22 about the assaults and are being questioned at Castlebar and Westport garda stations.

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In Dublin, two men both in their 20’s have been arrested following an assault on a female garda and male sergeant. A female garda sustained a fractured wrist and a male garda sergeant suffered facial injuries when they were assaulted at Aylward Greenm Finglas shortly before 2am.

The injured garda members were treated at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown.

Two men who were arrested are due to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning.

IRCG and RNLI called to assist dive boat in Donegal

A dive boat with four people on board was towed back into shore at Killybegs Harbour after it broke down about a mile north of Bullockmore, west of St. Johns Point in Donegal this afternoon.

Malin Head Coast Guard were alerted at approximately 1.50pm, and both the Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat crew and the Killybegs Coast Guard crews were alerted to respond.

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Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Station – Photo: (Declan Keogh / Emergency Times)

The RNLI Lifeboat launched at 2pm and joined the Killybegs Coast Guard Rib. The dive boat was spotted a mile north of Bullockmore, west of St. John Point.

Killybegs Coast Guard Rib towed the dive boat back to Killybegs Harbour, accompanied by the RNLI. Local volunteer Lifeboat crewmember Richard Gillespie said “the people on board the dive boat were absolutely correct to call the Coast Guard and have ourselves and Killybegs launched. While they were in no immediate danger, the longer they left the call, the more chances there were of something going wrong. We would always encourage boat users to contact the Coast Guard on the first sign of a problem so we can be there to help sooner rather than later.”

Rescue 116 Investigation: CHC have ‘noted’ recommendations

CHC Ireland, who provide the Irish Coast Guard with rescue helicopters has said it will carry out a review of all its operational route guides which are used by rescue helicopters following the tragedy of Rescue 116.

CHC Ireland have also ‘noted’ recommendations within the preliminary report following the tragic events last month when the Dublin based rescue helicopter Rescue116 on which Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, Co-Pilot Mark Duffy, Winch Operator Paul Ormsby and Winchman Ciarán Smith were on board when the tragedy occurred at Blockrock island, 13 km off the Mayo coast.

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Photo (Irish Coast Guard)

The Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) issued its preliminary report on Thursday night which has recommended that CHC Ireland review all its operational route guides with a view to improving information on obstacle heights and positions, terrain clearance, vertical profile, the positions of waypoints in relation to obstacles and Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning Systems (EGPWS) database terrain and obstacle limitations.

The absence of vital information and map data of Blackrock in the EGPWS on the operators route guide are key parts of the investigation.

Satellite beacons installed on the crews lifejackets have also raised concerns in the preliminary report. It found that none of the crew were located by their lifejackets satellite beacons, which is worrying and has raised questions about how they are installed. Investigators fear that the proximity of GPS antenna may have prevented the lifejacket beacons from activating.

CHC Ireland has said “A review of all route guides in use is well under way as part of our own internal action. We will continue to fully support the ongoing AAIU investigation.”

Although this is only a preliminary report, it does not however identify the root cause of this tragedy. CHC Ireland said “Speculation as to the root cause is unhelpful to the process and potentially hurtful to the families and friends of those involved. Our thoughts remain with the family, friends and colleagues of those who were lost and we continue to support the search for our two remaining crewmen.”

The search continues for two remaining crew members, Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith.

Plans for Emergency Services weekend in Dublin

An Emergency Services weekend is being planned for Dublin in September. The ‘blue light’ weekend will form part of the annual FESSEF parade and exhibition of the emergency services.

All frontline, search, rescue, security and voluntary services associated with the emergency services are tol participate.

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The weekend is being planned by FESSEF, the Frontline Emergency Security Services Éire Forum, an NGO who have worked for the past four years to bring the emergency services parade and open day to Dublin.

The Emergency Services weekend tales place from Friday 8th September to Sunday 10th September and is being supported once again by EmergencyTimes.ie for the fourth year running.

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Pic: (Emergency Times)

On Friday night, a concert will take place in the pro cathedral which will involve the various bands from different services such as the Garda Síochána Band, National Ambulance Pipes and Drums band, Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe & Drums band and the RTE Philharmonic Choir orchestra is also lined up to join the concert.

On Saturday, members of these services will all participate in a parade from Parnell Square to Trinity College. The parade will commence at 12pm to Trinity College where an open exhibition of all services, vehicles and equipment will be on display to the public throughout the day.

Last year’s parade saw over 1,000 personal took part in the parade.

Saturday evening ends with a Gala Dinner, with special guest Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD and the Mayor of Dublin.  Tickets for this years Gala Dinner have already sold out and a waiting list currently in place.

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Pics: (Main: Gala Hall; Top Left: Mayor of Dublin Cllr Brendan Carr & Dublin Fire Brigade ACFO Dennis Keeley, Top Right: Dublin CDO James McConnell and Dublin Airport CFO Gerry Keogh)
Photos: James Doyle / Emergency Times

Sunday, the day’s activities will be a BBQ which will take place in an undisclosed location at this time,. The BBQ will be a day of celebration for all those who participated in the parade and at the exhibition and open day. The bbq will be a family day for the members of all services involved.

Last years even was tinged with sadness following the tragic death of Coast Guard volunteer Caitriona Lucas. This year, a memorial area is expected to be provided in memory of the crew of Rescue 116.

Pic: Coast Guar members at Memorial table and book of condolences for the late Caitriona Lucas
Photo: James Doyle / Emergency Times

FESSEF organisers are also seeking interest from other bands from different groups to also get involved in the emergency services weekend. Speaking to Declan Keogh on ‘The Blue Line’ on Emergency Times, FESSEF Chairman Seamus O’ Neill outlined what is involved. We decided to put on a concert to showcase the talents that service personnel have up and down the country. Anyone who wants to participate in the concert, we would be only too delighted to hear from them”.

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Photo: National Ambulance Pipe & Drums Band
Photo: James Doyle / Emergency Times

Tickets for the concert are €35 each and all proceeds from the concert will go towards the three nominated charities, RNLI, Bumbulance and the ONE.

FESSEF was formed some four years ago to promote the emergency services to the public and showcase what their capabilities are and to highlight the roles played by personnel within these services.

For more information, visit fessef.ie or email fessefforum@gmail.com

LISTEN: FESSEF Chairman Seamus O’ Neill speaks with Declan Keogh on ‘The Blue Line’ on Emergency Times

Funeral of London PC Keith Palmer

Thousands of police officers have lined the streets of central London as the funeral of one of their colleagues; Police Constable Keith Palmer took place today.

PC Palmer was killed in the line of duty when he tried to stop and prevent a terrorist from entering the House of Parliament, Westminster during a terror attack in London on March 22nd.

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48 year old PC Keith Palmer was a married father of one.

The Metropolitan Police colour party and a ‘black guard’ of mounted officers led the funeral cortege from the Palace of Westminster to Southwark Cathedral.

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The first female head of Scotland Yard in its entire history, Commissioner Cressida Dick is attending the funeral in her first official day of duty ad Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police.

Commissioner Dick described PC Palmer as ‘a friendly face of British policing and in this horrible sad time, all of us in policing hope that today’s tribute to him gives some sort of comfort to his family.’ Commissioner Cressida Dick read the WH Auden poem Funeral Blues, which begins “Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone”, and asks for “the traffic police men to wear black cotton gloves” in mourning of a loved one.

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More than 5,000 police officers from the entire force and across the country gathered in central London today for PC Palmer’s funeral and line the route.

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In solidarity, hundreds more senior and junior officers from London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service and the London Port Authority also lined the streets of central London while thousands more officers for police, fire and ambulance services from across the UK also remembered and paid tribute to PC Palmer by holding a two minute silence outside their stations under flags at half mast during today’s service.

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Pic: (London Ambulance Service)

Four fiefighters hospitalised following Waterford fire

Four fire-fighters were treated in hospital last night following an apartment fire in Waterford City.

The sole occupant of the apartment, a woman aged in her 30’s, remains in a serious condition at University Hospital Waterford following the fire. Waterford Fire Service was alerted to the incident at an apartment complex on Wellington Street, Waterford City at around 11pm

Fire-fighters who rescued the woman from an apartment bedroom were taken by ambulance to hospital as a precautionary measure and treated for smoke inhalation. Three fire-fighters were discharged overnight while a fourth was detained for further observation and has since been discharged.

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Photo: (Declan Keogh / Emergency Times)

Air Accident Investigation statement on R116 Investigation

The Chief Inspector of Air Accidents, Mr. Jurgen Whyte, in conjunction with the appointed Investigator-in-Charge, Mr. Paul Farrell, wish to make the following statement.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) is keenly aware of the loss and grief of the families, friends and colleagues of the crew of R116 and extends its condolences to all concerned. The AAIU continues to work with other agencies to locate and recover the two missing crew members.

The AAIU is mindful that Sikorsky S-92A helicopters are in operation around the world in a variety of roles, including Search and Rescue. Following an event such as this, many operators and agencies are anxious to learn if any matters are identified during the ongoing investigation that may require immediate safety actions.

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The Investigation is still at a preliminary stage. However, an initial analysis has been conducted of the data retrieved from the helicopter’s Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) and the Multi-Purpose Flight Recorder (MPFR). No mechanical anomalies have been identified during this initial analysis.

The AAIU Investigation is ongoing and a Preliminary Report will be issued in the near future.