Limerick Fire Service responds to 220 emergency incidents



Andrew Carey

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EVERY 13 minutes, during the last 48 hours, units from Limerick Fire and Rescue service were scrambled to deal with incidents arising out of Storm Darwin.

In a statement posted on their social media pages in the aftermath of The worst storm in living memory, the extent of damage and level of calls that units responded to just goes to show the level of work put in by Limerick Fire and Rescue Service.

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This Friday, the service has confirmed that it has responded to over 220 weather-related emergency incidents throughout Limerick during the past 48 hours. That’s a call, on average, every 13 minutes.

The Fire Service said the majority of the incidents responded to related to fallen trees, structural damage to buildings and road traffic incidents. Limerick Civil Defence also assisted the HSE in relocating patients from the University of Limerick Hospital to various other locations during the storm.

Limerick County accounted for 120 of the incidents responded to with the remainder occurring throughout Limerick City.

Chief Fire Officer Michael Ryan says the Fire Service and Civil Defence remain on standby to deal with any further incidents arising from the ongoing inclement weather conditions.

Mr. Ryan also paid tribute to Fire Service and Civil Defence personnel who he said had “undertaken work on behalf of the public in extremely challenging conditions”.

Josephine Cotter Coughlan, Director of Services, Limerick City and County Council added: “Fire Service and Civil Defence members, along with staff from the Council’s Water Services section have been working around the clock to ensure the disruption caused by the weather is minimised. The Council remains on alert and prepared to respond to any further flooding or storm related incidents throughout Limerick City and County.”