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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Fire Brigade braced for a hectic time as emergency call-outs set to double

Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance
Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance

EMERGENCY call-outs in Dublin city centre doubled on St Patrick's Day last year with crews dealing with assaults and alcohol-related incidents.

The Herald can reveal that Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) units were called out 73 times, a 100pc jump from the 35 incidents that happen over an average day in the city centre.

While the vast majority of the 500,000 expected in the city tomorrow will enjoy the festivities, inevitably some will overindulge and emergency workers are bracing themselves.

Across the capital, DFB ambulances and fire tenders dealt with 245 call-outs on St Patrick's Day 2014 - a 25pc increase on the average of around 196 incidents a day.

Dublin Fire Brigade emergency response including ambulances and fire tenders on St Patrick’s Day 2014

The city centre is worst affected when the festivities turn sour. One serious incident dealt with by paramedics last year was a vicious assault on a Brazilian student on Aston Quay, which was captured on video and went viral online.

In January, the case came before Dublin Children's Court where two boys - both 17 - pleaded guilty to assault. The pair were put on a crime-diversion programme.

Call-outs in the city centre included 65 instances where ambulances were dispatched and eight jobs covered by fire engine crews.

The figures do not include call-outs after midnight and into the early hours of March 18 when pubs and nightclubs across the city are closing.

DFB officer Greg O'Dwyer told the Herald the emergency services see about 100 extra call-outs between noon on St Patrick's Day and 8am the following morning.

"A lot of that is alcohol related," he said.

hnews@herald.ie

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