Fire safety in our communities is very important. The fire services work hard on driving down the annual loss from fire and making firefighters safe too.
The fire services work hard on “community fire safety” to try making homes safer. They also have a statutory “safety engineering, education and enforcement” role which means they make sure business, apartments and so on are safe from fires too.
The fire service has lots of different roles, including:
fire prevention work in the community
building control and dangerous buildings service
running mobilisation and communication centres
training centres on a regional basis
liaising with and in some cases running the Civil Defence service
The National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management has developed its policy document Keeping Communities Safe
(KCS), which sets the future directions for the Fire Services in Ireland. The policy document tries to achieve a balance between prevention of fires, having the right fire protection facilities in buildings and an effective fire brigade response.
National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management
Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Rm. G59, Custom House, Dublin 1, D01 W6X0