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Fire service retains international certification

Clare County Fire and Rescue Services has yet again received national and international recognition for its efforts to protect the safety, health and welfare of its employees. The Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems certification was first published by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) in 2007 and sets out a preventative and proactive approach to identifying workplace hazards and assessing and controlling risk. Clare County Fire and Rescue Service was first awarded the OHSAS 18001:2007 – the only auditable international standard for health and safety – in 2014 and is one of only five fire authorities in the country that have attained the accreditation. Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, John Crowe has welcomed the announcement describing, the service’s commitment to maintaining health and safety standards to the highest level as “critically important for both Fire Service personnel and the general public whom they serve. Tom Coughlan, chief executive of Clare County Council added, “From the perspective of promoting …

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Fire service warns of dry weather dangers

With forecasts suggesting further dry weather over the next week, Clare’s chief fire officer, Adrian Kelly, is reminding landowners and the general public of the dangers posed by illegal burning and forest, bog and gorse fires. Mr Kelly said that illegal burning can spread to private and State-owned forestry plantations and jeprodise the safety of dwellings and families living in rural areas. He added that it places an unnecessary strain and expense on the limited resources of Clare’s fire service. “We would like to remind landowners that it is an offence under the Wildlife Act to burn growing vegetation between March 1 and August 31 in any year, on any land not then cultivated. The sad fact is that if this simple rule was adhered to, many costly and dangerous wildfires would be avoided. “Thankfully, there have not been many reported fire incidents across Clare during the warm weather of recent weeks but the risk remains high while this dry spell …

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Lives of Clare Firemen at risk-SIPTU

By Owen Ryan THE lives of Clare’s fire fighters are being put at risk following a decision by the County Council made on Monday, SIPTU has claimed. On Monday at its meeting in Kilkee the Council adopted a new Fire and Emergencies Operations Plan in accordance with Section 26 of the Fire Services Act. It was passe without debate. In a statement on Wednesday night SIPTU blasted the move. “This decision means that elected members have, without any discussion of information, placed the lives of fire fighters at great risk and endangered the public. All Fire Stations in the county, along with families, are expressing extreme anger at how public representatives could have taken such a vote and indeed why.” The SIPTU statement outlined the fire fighters objections with what they say the plan will mean. “The extreme safety risk arises from the proposition to now send only four crews on a Fire appliance where the national and international best …

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