Press Release

Firefighters vote no confidence in the National Director for Fire and Emergency Management and Chief Fire Officer

Date Released: 27 March 2018

SIPTU members in the Dublin Fire Brigade have today (Tuesday, 27th March) announced the passing of two no confidence motions in both the National Director for Fire and Emergency Management, Sean Hogan and the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) Chief Fire Officer, Pat Fleming.

The votes of no confidence were taken at an emergency meeting held on Saturday, 24th March in the wake of a high-rise fire in Ballymun last Wednesday night (21st March).

SIPTU Sector Organiser, Brendan O’Brien, said: “Policy makers and management have had many opportunities to resolve the issues raised by our members. However, we believe no satisfactory improvements have been made despite SIPTU representatives continually raising health and safety concerns.”

SIPTU DFB Convenor, Shane McGill, said: “These votes of no confidence come directly from our members. They are front line firefighters working in fire stations and control rooms across Dublin city and county and they have had enough.

“These members are not only disillusioned and angry with the policies and the direction management has taken so far, but how they have continually turned a blind eye to the concerns of operational staff and the representations made to them about training, safety, safe systems of work and exposure to risk.”


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