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Killorglin Fire Brigade
Killorglin Fire & Rescue can be found in the town of Killorglin in the centre of County Kerry. Officially a one appliance station, we actually run three, the Alpha 1, The Echo 1 and the Papa 9.
The crew are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Killorglin Fire Brigade have a lot of forestry, gorseland and bogland on our ground and thus during the drier months we answer a lot of what we refer to as "Gorse fire calls" which is a generic term we use for when these areas burn. During these times we also must answer the normal calls such as housefires,RTA's (Road Traffic Accidents) and various rescues. Most of the crew are trained as First Responders and thus can give primary medical assistance when required.
The crew are alerted by means of a pager which all crew members must carry with them at all times. There are restrictions on how far we may live from the station in order so that the lowest possible turnout time can be acheived. The station is located on Iveragh road on the way out of the town towards Glenbeigh and the West.
County Kerry has 10 fire stations : Tralee, Killarney, Listowel, Killorglin, Castleisland, Caherciveen, Dingle, Ballybunion, Sneem and Kenmare
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Killorglin Fire Station
A Brief History of the Irish Fire Service
In the late 17th Century, insurance companies began to set up their own fire fighting brigades in all the major towns and cities including Cork and Dublin, to help prevent huge losses as a result of fires. These brigades were responsible for the properties which were insured under the insurance company which they were working for. In 1800 Police and parishes began to get their own engines to protect themselves and their towns. In 1854 their was an act past which required local authorities to provide firefighting equipment for towns which had more than 1500 occupants. Section 90 of the Public Health Acts in 1907 allowed local authorities enter into agreements for the common use of firefighting equipment. In 1909 the first motor pump arrived in Dublin.
Most of Ireland is covered by the Retained fire service, the stations are not manned 24/7 but rather we are on duty 24/7 and will answer a call from home. Wholetime stations will only be found in the large cities like Dublin, Cork and Limerick and even they have retained stations.
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