Wednesday 13 December 2017

Liffey rescue crew take to water to prevent drownings

A staggering 34 assault cases were dealt with by the Dublin Fire Brigade over the course of the St Patrick's Day festivities.

Its crews were called out to deal with hundreds of incidents, according to newly released statistics.

From 12 midnight until 8am, there were 284 ambulance incidents while 34 fire rescue incidents were dealt with.

q Some 23 drug related incidents were dealt with by members of the Fire Brigade.

q There were 15 road traffic collisions.

q 19,034 ambulance cases have already been dealt with by the ambulance service since the beginning of January.

q The service answers 96,000 ambulance calls a year.

q It has two boats moored in the Liffey. Many of the fire-fighters are trained as swift water rescue technicians, carrying out rescues for those who are at risk of drowning.

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

q 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, the figures reveal.


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