Agreement reached between Louth Local Authorities and personnel in the county’s Fire and Rescue service about work changes

The agreement will provide for 55 full-time and 16 retained staff to be employed in the county

The agreement will provide for 55 full-time and 16 retained staff to be employed in the county

Under the new system to be introduced from September, fire-fighters will form part of a five-group duty system.

Each group will consist of two crews. The crews will work on 10-week shift cycles with 12-hour shifts starting at 8am and 8pm.

Mr Eamon Woulfe, Chief Fire Officer, Louth Local Authorities said he was looking forward to expanding fire safety programmes and putting Louth to the fore nationally in risk reduction and fire prevention.

“This effort will concentrate largely on homes in the county,” he said, “which is where the greatest fire dangers are.

“It is also a progressive step that the new agreement provides a greater focus on training and professional development so that all frontline and supervisory personnel keep our skills up-to-date to reflect new challenges and trends,”

Mr Woulfe said.