Dublin City Council's Response to Dublin Fire Brigade's Notice to Take Industrial Action

Dublin City Council is very disappointed that the SIPTU and IMPACT trade unions have served strike notice, which will lead to the withdrawal of Dublin Fire Brigade services including the DFB emergency ambulance service on Saturday 18th March and Monday 27th March.

The HIQA Review of Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Services, which was published in December 2014, expressed the view that current emergency ambulance control centre arrangements (primarily call-taking and ambulance dispatch) in the Dublin area are not configured to provide the best possible service to patients and this represents a serious risk to patients.

As a result the four Dublin Local Authorities and the Health Service Executive agreed that the optimum solution, in the interest of patient safety, is that all emergency ambulance call taking and dispatch should be carried out by NAS National Emergency Operations Centre in Tallaght.

While there have extensive consultations with the trade unions on this matter over the past two years no agreement has been reached and the City Council has not sought to implement the proposed change. The trade unions have nevertheless served strike notice which is very regrettable.

Dublin City Council has asked the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to intervene as a matter of urgency in order to see if a resolution can be reached and avoid disruption to Dublin Fire Brigade services.

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