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Halloween: Dublin Fire Brigade prepares for 'busiest night of the year'

Members of the Dublin Fire Brigade are preparing for Halloween night on Saturday. October 31st i...
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

08.08 30 Oct 2020


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Halloween: Dublin Fire Brigade prepares for 'busiest night of the year'


Jack Quann
Jack Quann

08.08 30 Oct 2020


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Members of the Dublin Fire Brigade are preparing for Halloween night on Saturday.

October 31st is generally seen as the busiest night of the year for the fire service.

Darren O'Connor is station officer with the Dublin Fire Brigade.

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He told Newstalk Breakfast they have already seen a rise in call-outs.

"We've seen an increase in the last number of weeks - we've seen a huge increase in the amount of small fires we've attended and the amount of bonfires we've attended.

"So that's a trend that's probably going to continue into Halloween night.

"I know they've issued a weather warning now, so it may have some impact on it.

"But yeah, at the moment we're gearing up for another really busy night which is traditionally our busiest night of the year".

Asked about how coronavirus restrictions may impact the numbers, he said some people may feel like they have a free pass for the night.

"The other thing as well is families could be under major pressure from kids.

"Traditionally it's a very exciting night for kids, it's a very exciting night for adults as well - excited by bonfire, by fireworks.

"So that is hard for people as well - possibly they could see it [as] release of the cabin fever from isolation."

"It possibly could be an outlet for people tomorrow".

He said they respond to all call-outs and assess each fire on an individual basis.

"We would try and always get a response to each fire, but what could happen is we could get 20 or 30 calls for the same fire."

"Someone will go to the fire: fire crew can go up, no blue lights, just drive in, have a look.

"If the fire doesn't represent a risk to local property, utility services, in the open air, the smoke's not blowing into any property and it's not causing a nuisance we may not take any action.

"So we'll always assess the risk and outweigh the benefits - if the risk outweighs the benefits we won't take any action".

"Or we may take action in the form of dampening the fire down, just cool it down a bit and we may drive off.

"We need to protect our resources as well - we're handling a massive amount of calls that's coming in".

Main image by Daniel Zuflucht from Pixabay 

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