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Wildfires on Ben Dash

Clare County Fire and Rescue Service is advising landowners to desist from burning activities due to a heightened risk of gorse, forest and bog fires. The Fire Service says the warm, dry weather, combined with easterly winds, has created “tinderbox” conditions across the county Firefighters from Ennis, Kilrush and Ennistymon responded to one of the largest wildfires of the year to date last evening when two square kilometres of bog and gorse were scorched on Ben Dash, located between Lissycasey and Kilmaley. Brigades were in attendance for nearly 11 hours at fires in the area. With forecasts suggesting a return to drier conditions early next week, following some light rain this weekend, the Fire Service says the risk posed by uncontrolled burning remains high. Denis O’Connell, senior assistant chief fire officer said that there has been significant damage to forestry and land as a result of last night’s fire. He also asked that people are vigilant and that they call the …

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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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