Louth County Council Fire and Rescue service has drawn up a Community Fire and Safety Strategy, the first of its kind in the counrty.
It is 33 years since the Stardust disco fire at Artane Dublin in which 48 young people lost their lives, and yet the country’s first community fire safety strategy is only being rolled out now, and it’s here in Louth.
Chief Fire Officer Eamon Woulfe hopes to see an improved cooperation between the fire service and the community in reducing fatalities. Schools will be involved and measures will be taqken to reduce the number of malicious fires, and encourage safety measures such fire alarms.
“We are the first county to implement a community fire safety strategy in the south,” Mr Woulf said. “We will be sourcing someone trained in the UK to help.
“We also want to reduce attacks of fire service personnel and othe forms of anti-social behaviour. These activities drain resources.
“We will be delivering a far more comprehensive programme than anywhere in the country and hope to reduce reduce fire fatalities.”
Cllr Marianne Butler was schocked that so cigarette smoking was the cause of so many fires.