About the Fire Brigade

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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.

We were founded in 1862 and are administered by Dublin City Council

Headquarters and Fire Stations

Dublin Fire Brigade Headquarters is located on Townsend Street in Dublin city centre. We also maintain 12 fulltime stations across our six operational areas.

In addition, we have 2 ‘retained’ stations. A retained station is one that is not staffed fulltime, but relies on voluntary support. These are:

  • Skerries, north county Dublin

  • Balbriggan, north county Dublin

Manpower and Operations

Dublin Fire Brigade has an estimated strength of 900 people. Each fulltime station is staffed seven days a week by officers and firefighters. This ensures continuous protection for life and property. 

Find out how to join the Fire Brigade.

Regional Control Centre

Our Regional Control Centre is located at HQ. This centre manages how we respond to fires, accidents and emergencies. The Regional Control Centre processes more than 133,000 calls annually. It is also responsible for mobilising emergency responses in areas of Leinster and Ulster.

Largest Training Centre in Ireland

The Dublin Fire Brigade Training Centre is located at the O’Brien Institute on the Malahide road. It is the largest fire training facility in Ireland. 

The training centre has full time staff and provides an extensive range of courses for:

  • Brigade personnel

  • Dublin City council staff

  • Local Authorities & other fire services (both Irish and International)

  • Private business

  • Public Training

Contact us to arrange a fire safety training course.

Ambulance Service

We are the only fire brigade in Ireland to provide an emergency ambulance service. An ambulance is based at each fulltime station with the exception of Dun Laoghaire. Two ambulances are also based at Headquarters. 

All our firefighters are trained to Paramedic Standard and continuously rotate from ambulance to fire duties. 

Other Duties

Dublin Fire Brigade is responsible for fire safety in buildings and other structures across Dublin. Our Fire Prevention Section administers and implements relevant legislation in this area. We also issue over 2000 Fire Safety Certificates annually. 

We continually work with Dublin City Council and other groups to promote fire safety in the community.

Learn how to survive a fire by following the 3 Golden Rules.

How the Fire Brigade is Financed

Dublin City Council spends approximately €110.5m on Dublin Fire Brigade each year. This is partly funded by the fire charges that are paid by businesses and homeowners that experience a fire.

For more information

DFB External Training
Dublin Fire Brigade Training Centre
Malahide Road
Dublin 3
t +353 (0) 1 222 4199
e info@dfbexternaltraining.ie