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12 isolated homes at Clonlara

Clare County Council has reported water levels on the Lower River Shannon at Springfield, Clonlara, increased by 5-10cm (50-100mm) during Tuesday and overnight, and are now just under 20cm (200mm) lower than they were at their peak on December 13. The council says that the Mulkear River in County Limerick, which enters the River Shannon south of Annacotty, is currently in flood and is contributing to increased water levels at Springfield. Council staff are being assisted by the Fire Service and Defence Forces at Springfield, Clonlara, in its ongoing pumping operations and transportation of residents to and from approximately 12 homes isolated by flood waters.

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Smoking targeted in fire safety week

The dangers of smoking in the home and the importance of having working smoke alarms installed will be the key messages promoted during National Fire Safety Week. The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government will host the 15th annual all-island initiative from Monday next, in association with the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service and locally with Clare County Fire & Rescue Service. “Smoking at Home Can Cause Fatal Fires”, is the theme of this year’s event, which takes into account the significant number of domestic fires started each year as a result of burning cigarettes. “Unfortunately on average 36 people die in Ireland each year as a result of fire. House fires account for the vast majority of these fires,” said Adrian Kelly, Clare Chief Fire Officer. “The cause of these fires ranged from heavily sooted and blocked chimneys, smoking in the home, burning rubbish, electrical faults and most alarmingly from children playing with matches or candles. …

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Investigation into Connolly acccident

An accident in a forest in Connolly on Wednesday night, which has left a man with serious injuries, is being investigated by the gardaí and Health and Safety Authority. Two units of the fire service from Ennis were dispatched to the scene at Tulloghboy, Connolly, following a call for assistance by the ambulance service. The man, who is in his forties, sustained crush injuries to his chest, after he became trapped against a truck. The man was freed, and brought to University Hospital Limerick, where his condition is described as critical.

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Fire at old Ennis national school

Four units of the fire service attended a a blaze at an outbuilding at the old Ennis National School  on the Kilrush Road last night (Thursday). The alarm was raised after 11pm when flames and smoke was seen billowing from the campus. The fire units remained at the scene for about two hours and one returned around 5.30am as a precautionary measure. The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.

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Have your say on road safety

A MULTI-AGENCY approach is being adopted to further improve safety on Clare’s roads, through the formulation of a new road safety strategy for the six-year period, 2014-2020. During the life of the previous six-year strategy, there was a 79% reduction in road fatalities in the county. Among the actions undertaken to reduce deaths on the roads was a series of public awareness campaigns, an increase in the garda presence and the introduction of GoSafe speed vans, a significant investment in the motorway network and improvements in the local road infrastructure. The public are being invited to have their say with the latest strategy, which is being being formulated by Clare County Council, supported by An Garda Síochána, the Fire Service and the Road Safety Authority. Mayor of Clare, Joe Arkins, commented, “We all use the roads every day, so we should all have a say in how we share the roads with each other and how we can work together …

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€60,000 bill for fire service after storm

CHRISTINE whipped up a storm in Clare ,leaving the local fire service with a €60,000 headache as a result of weather related call-outs. Storm related incidents accounted for almost two thirds of all incidents attended by the Clare Fire Service between December 20 and January 3. Seventy of the 115 incidents involved falling trees when the county was battered by ‘Storm Christine’. Meanwhile, non-weather related callouts (45) were down across the county for a fourth successive year.  The call-out figures for the period were less than those recorded during the corresponding periods in 2010, 2011 and 2012 when the fire service was mobilised to 81, 64 and 48 incidents respectively. Six of the call-outs related to house fires with a further six call-outs involving chimney fires while fire-fighters also attended 14 road-based incidents, four agricultural building fires, three storage building fires and five false alarms. Emergency call-outs during the Christmas period, including to storm-related incidents, were attended by Ennis Fire …

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