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
(All Photo here-under by EmergencyTimes.com)
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.
EmergencyTimes.com 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 www.fessef.ie 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