Dublin Fire Brigade Celebrates its 150th Anniversary
On Thursday 31st May 2012 at 10.30 a.m. the Lord Mayor Andrew Montague will officially launch Dublin Fire Brigade’s 150th Anniversary in the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. As part of the 150th Anniversary Celebrations a Dublin Fire Brigade / FÁS partnership has built a replica of an original Horse Drawn Ambulance from 1898 and has restored an original 1921 British Leyland Fire Appliance. Both these appliances will be on display on the forecourt of the Mansion House.
An official medal ceremony will be held later in the Mansion House where serving and retired members of Dublin Fire Brigade will be awarded a specially commissioned 150th anniversary medal.
The Lord Mayor said “I want to congratulate Dublin Fire Brigade for their commitment and dedication to the people of Dublin over the past 150 years. Dublin Fire Brigade has built a strong reputation worldwide and I am delighted to welcome visiting Fire Fighters from around the country, together with representatives from the US and Northern Ireland, who will join with our members on Saturday next to parade through O’Connell Street. I know the people of Dublin will come out to support these brave men and women who give such selfless service to Dublin.”
Other events include:
Saturday 3rd June at 18.00 – DFB Colour Party, DFB marching party, Irish Fire Services marching parties and colour parties & Visiting Pipe Bands will take part in a Showcase parade through Dublin City Centre. Leaving Parnell Square North at 18.00, travelling up O’Connell Street and Dame Street to Dublin Castle.
Sunday 4th June – Dublin Fire Brigade and Visiting Pipe Bands march out and perform on Croke Park pitch between double-header GAA fixtures.
End June - An Post Official Commemorative Stamp launch - 4 Pictorial Special Edition DFB Imagery Stamps
Notes to the Editor
Dublin Fire Brigade came into existence under the Dublin Corporation Fire Brigade Act on 3rd June 1862 which established the first organised firefighting force. The first Fire Station consisted of 24 men and was situated in Whitehouse Yard off Winetavern Street. The service was further enhanced in 1898 by the addition of the professional emergency ambulance service.
Over the years the brigade continued to expand and develop and fought several major fires such as the great Whiskey Blaze in 1875, during the Easter Rising in 1916 and the again during the War of Independence and the North Strand bombings in 31st May 1941 and the Dublin bombings of 17th May 1974.
Today Dublin Fire Brigade provides the fully integrated Fire, Ambulance and Emergency Rescue Service for the four Dublin Local Authorities: Dublin City Council, Fingal, South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown County Councils. Dublin Fire Brigade protects communities, businesses, infrastructure and industry in its operational area, covering an area of 356 square miles with a population of 1.5Million.
There are currently approximately 1,000 staff employed in Dublin Fire Brigade. Each year Dublin Fire Brigade responds to approximately 90,000 fire, emergency ambulance and rescue calls from the public.
As part of the anniversary celebrations Dublin Fire Brigade is being joined by other Irish Fire Services, N. Ireland Fire Services and a large delegation from the USA consisting of visiting Pipe and Drum Bands from Eugene, Rockland County, Montgomery, Tualatin, Palm Beach, Greater Baltimore, Black Pearl, Brevard, Greater Boston and Philadelphia.