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Dublin Fire Brigade and Ambulance Service

Dublin Fire Brigade advises the public to be extra vigilant and exercise caution during this period of dry weather

Gorse fires are not uncommon during periods of prolonged dry weather.  Gorse fires can have catastrophic impacts on rural habitats and communities and put additional pressure onto the Fire Service. Everybody has a part to play in protecting our landscape, Chief Fire Officer Pat Fleming advises “if you are out enjoying the weather, stay safe and be extra vigilant of your surrounds especially in open areas, help to reduce the risks of fire by keeping the following in mind:

  • Do not light fires in open areas or in or near woodland
    Use only designated barbecue points where available and ensure that all barbecues are controlled if in open areas, sparks can fly a considerable distance and in dry weather can light vegetation very quickly
  • Do not block forest entrances or roads when parking:
    Access may be required by the fire service or forestry personnel in the event of an emergency
  • Do not approach fires or attempt to extinguish fires yourself:
    Fires can be extremely dangerous and can rapidly change direction and behaviour.  If you see a fire report it immediately to the emergency services – Dial 999 or 112 and retire to a safe distance
  • Dispose of all litter carefully:
    Take extra caution disposing of cigarettes and glass
  • Be Prepared:
    Many hikers, cyclists, etc will carry mobile telephone, maps and GPS.  These can be used to provide very accurate location information if you have to report a fire
  • Report any illegal and suspicious activity to the Gardaí


Dublin Fire Brigade is the largest full time brigade in the country. We provide a fire and emergency response service to 1.2 million people throughout the city and county of Dublin.

Each of our fulltime stations is staffed seven days a week by officers and firefighters. This ensures continuous protection for the lives of you and your family. 

Fire Brigade Charges

From the 16th January 2012 Fire Service Charges were extended to include call-outs and firefighting services provided to domestic premises and road traffic accidents. 

The call out charge for the first hour or part thereof will be €500 in respect of domestic fires, domestic false alarms and domestic chimney fires and €610 for road traffic accidents. 

Additional hours or part thereof per fire tender will be €450 for domestic call outs and €485 for road traffic accidents. 

Most home Insurance Policies cover fire call out charges and, in such cases, householders can recoup the charge under their policies. No charges will apply to local authority owned properties. Occupiers are encouraged to continue to call for Fire Brigade assistance as normal and as early as possible in a fire event.  An appeal system will be in place for cases of hardship. 

In cases of Seveso Sites, applications for licences, renewal of licences, table top exercises and full exercises will be calculated on a cost recovery basis. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is billed in the case of a domestic fire/false alarm/chimney fire?

The owner of the premises will be billed.

Who is billed in the case of a road traffic accident?

The registered owner of the vehicle(s) concerned will be billed.

Is the caller charged?

The caller will not be charged unless they are the owner of the premises or the vehicle.

Who is charged in the cases of rented premises?

The owner of the premises will be billed.

Is there a charge if a fire tender assists with a medical emergency?

There is no charge if a fire tender assists in a medical emergency.

Does my insurance cover these charges?

In the vast majority of cases household and vehicle insurance will cover the charges, people are advised to check their policies and/or check with their insurance company or broker.

What happens if my insurance does not cover the cost?

The owner in the first place will be billed but there is an appeal system in place for cases of hardship.

What happens if a malicious call is made and there is no actual incident?

In cases where the Brigade responds and there is no actual incident, no charge will be levied.

For more information

Dublin Fire Brigade Headquarters
165-169 Townsend Street
Dublin 2

Tel: (01) 673 4000
Fax: (01) 673 4085
Email: fire@dublincity.ie