Mayo Fire Service

  • A Mayo Councillor is calling on the local authority to provide the funding to ensure all fire appliances in the county have a defibrillator.

    Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry Murray says he attended a recent function in Charlestown, where the Irish Heart Foundation was critical of Mayo County Council for being one of the few local authorities not to have defibrillators available to fire crews when dealing with emergency situations, such as road collisions.

    Councillor Murray intends to put a motion down for the December meeting of Mayo County Council, calling on the council executive to provide the funding for defibrillators on all fire appliances, and says that, even if one life is saved, it would be worth the investment.

  • 2 Units of the Mayo Fire Service were called to a fire at house in Ballyhaunis yesterday evening.

    A passer-by spotted a glow through a window and contacted the fire service.

    The Fire Service responded within eight minutes and was able to confine the area to one room.

    An elderly lady was evacuated from the house moments before the Fire Services personnel arrived.

    The living room was severely damaged in the blaze and smoke damage has affected the entire property.

  • Gardai in Ballina are investigating after a fire to a disused building in the town yesterday evening.

    Four units of Mayo Fire Service attended the scene of the blaze shortly after 4pm yesterday after reports of smoke coming from an old Warehouse on Connolly Street.

    The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

    The roof of the old warehouse contained asbestos so a clean-up will necessitate the closure of the street.

    Gardai have confirmed to Midwest News this morning that the building is continuing to smoulder and Connolly Street will remain closed until the scene is cleared and deemed safe.

  • The Mayo Fire Service were called to a house fire in the early hours of this morning near Bohola along the N5.

    The house was extensively damaged in the blaze.

    Smoke from the fire made driving conditions difficult earlier this morning along the N5 but it has now been brought under control.

    There was nobody injured in the blaze.

  • Three units of the Mayo Fire Service are tackling a gorse fire this evening on the N26 near Foxford.

    While the road is not closed, motorists in the area are asked to take extra caution.

  • The Mayo Fire Service is urging householders to test their smoke alarms regularly, and to have an escape plan in place should a fire occur.

    Today is the start of National Fire Safety Week, which encourages people to check their smoke alarms regularly, and to check in on vulnerable neighbours and friends to ensure they're mindful of fire safety.

    On average, 32 people die in Ireland each year as a result of fires - the vast majority of these in house fires, and most of those die from smoke inhalation rather than burns.

    The incidence of house fires is much higher for older people living alone.

    To mark National Fire Safety Week, open days will be held at the Fire Stations in Claremorris and Ballina this Wednesday and in Castlebar Fire Station on Thursday.

     

     

  • The Mayo Fire Service is calling on householders across the county to ensure they have smoke alarms fitted in their homes, and to check them regularly to ensure they're working.

    This is National Fire Safety Week, and the theme this year is "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives".

    The Fire Service is urging householders to check smoke alarms weekly, be on alert for obvious dangers such as overloaded sockets or candles, and to plan an escape route in the event of a fire.

    As part of National Fire Safety Week, open days are being held at Belmullet Fire Station tomorrow, Ballina Fire Station on Thursday and Castlebar Fire Station on Friday where Fire Officers will be available to offer advice in relation to fire safety in the home.

  • Thirteen Mayo firefighters with a combined service record of 270 years were honoured at the National Fire Service Awards in Dublin last week.

     

    Frank O’Malley, Louisburgh, Iain Smyth, Castlebar, and Henry Mellott, Ballinrobe, were all in receipt of 40-year service to the fire brigade awards.

    John Brady, Claremorris, Eugene McIntyre, Charlestown, and Desmond Maughan, Crossmolina, were in receipt of 30-year awards.

    Thomas Moran, Achill, Michael Moran, Kiltimagh, Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer Aileen O’Connell, Assistant Fire Officer Donal Reilly, Simon Craig, Charlestown, Christopher Walsh, Charlestown, and Bernadette Murray, Achill, all received awards for 20-year service.

    The award in recognition of 20 years’ service takes the form of a medal bearing the traditional logo representation of the fire service – a helmet and crossed axes. The medal ribbon bears the Irish national colours, with a central column in red to represent the fire service.

    The 30 years’ and 40 years’ awards are both representations of a flame in emblematic form.  All of the awards are accompanied by an appropriate certificate.

    Congratulating the recipients of awards, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Blackie Gavin, said the commitment and professionalism of these long-serving firefighters is indicative of the highly experienced personnel employed by Mayo Fire and Rescue Service.

    Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, stressed Mayo County Fire and Rescue Service has a proud tradition of service to the people of Mayo and said “Presently, our fire and rescue staff are among the most highly trained in the country and we are continually pushing to raise staff training levels even further. We remain fully committed to providing a multi-skilled approach not alone to the areas of firefighting but also to rescue and fire safety engineering”.