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Busy week Dublin Fire Brigade tackle apartment and car fires and attend electric scooter crash

"Breathing Apparatus crews contained the fire to kitchen area, however the remainder of the apartment was smoke damaged"

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The aftermath of the fire in Phibsborough

The aftermath of the fire in Phibsborough

The aftermath of the fire in Phibsborough

It has been a busy week for Dublin Fire Brigade already with firefighters from Phibsborough called to tackle a fire in an apartment off Collins Avenue yesterday. 

The Brigade tweeted a picture of the scary aftermath of the blackened kitchen, adding: “Breathing Apparatus crews contained the fire to kitchen area, however the remainder of the apartment was smoke damaged.

“Full evacuation of the block was underway on our arrival.”

Earlier that day, firefighter/paramedics attended the scene of a crash between an e-scooter and car near Abbey Street yesterday afternoon.

“One treated for leg and chest injuries,” they tweeted. “Take care on your evening commute however you choose to travel on the roads.”

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The scene of the crash involving the e- scooter

The scene of the crash involving the e- scooter

The scene of the crash involving the e- scooter

And on Monday night firefighters from Dolphins Barn fire station tackled a vehicle fire.

“Radiated heat from a car fire can affect underground infrastructure such as Internet access and telecommunications,” the brigade warned.

Meanwhile, a union representing fire fighters will present their concerns regarding ongoing staff shortages at Dublin Fire Brigade to the HSA on Thursday.

Concern has been rising within Dublin Fire Brigade that they're chronically understaffed on the approach to Halloween.

Senator Marie Sherlock said this kind of crisis was unacceptable in a front line setting.

"It's simply unacceptable for residents and communities but also firefighters who are very uneasy at the moment about the risk they have to face.

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"We need to ensure that Dublin City Council and the Minister for Local Government and Environment step up to the mark in addressing systemic failures that have been made over the years."

Firefighter representatives from Fórsa and SIPTU now plan on presenting their concerns to the Health and Safety Authority on Thursday, to highlight unsafe conditions.

SIPTU Convenor, Luke McCann, says they've no choice but to escalate it further.

"The industrial relations process have failed to resolve the issue.

"We feel there's a lack of faith in the process both from Dublin Fire Brigade management and Dublin City Council.

"The document that was produced which wasn't agreed didn't specify when they were going to get crews in to alleviate the crisis.

"It didn't also specify how they were going to make up another panel to alleviate this crisis."

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