Operational Brigade

Fire Operations relates to the resources of the Fire Authority to respond quickly and efficiently to fire and other emergencies throughout the County. This response consists of a pre-determined turnout of appliances and equipment based on the nature, magnitude and severity of the incident. Turnout involves the mobilisation of the fire-fighting crews and the appropriate fire appliances.

The Fire/Emergency Operations Department provides a comprehensive fire brigade service to the community, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. The Operational Fire Service within Kerry is provided by crews of retained fire fighters who carry a pager and are expected to report to the Fire Station and go mobile to the incident. The retained firefighters report to a Station Officer in each Station who in turn reports to an Assistant Chief Fire Officer (Operational) who is a professional technical qualified officer. In addition, at least one Senior Fire Officer is rostered on call each week to assist in the handling of emergency incidents.

The Kerry Fire Service operates ten fully equipped Stations with Fire Fighters on 24 hour call-out in the following towns:
•        Tralee (Headquarters)
•        Killarney
•        Listowel
•        Castleisland
•        Caherciveen
•        Dingle
•        Kenmare
•        Ballybunion
•        Killorglin
•        Sneem
There are a total of approximately 105 retained fire-fighters employed by the Kerry Fire & Rescue Service. The Kerry Fire & Rescue Service responds to an average of 1200 call outs every year. Chimney Fires, Gorse Fires and Road Traffic Accidents are the major incident types requiring brigade mobilisation.

The Kerry Fire & Rescue Service is well equipped to deal with most everyday emergencies. The equipment is regularly updated to ensure that we are kept up to date. The appliances carry the following equipment:
•        Ladders
•        Water Pumps
•        Breathing Apparatus Sets & Ancillary Equipment
•        Air Lifting Equipment
•        Hand Portable Radios
•        Lighting equipment including fixed & portable lighting
•        Hose & Branches
•        Rope Lines
•        Salvage Sheets
•        Chemical Protection Suits
•        Firefighting foam
•        Small Tools
•         Chainsaws
•         First Aid Equipment
The Munster Regional Communications Centre which is based on a site at Limerick City Fire Station provides the statutory obligation as regards call out of the Fire Service not just for the Kerry Fire Service but for all Fire Authorities in the Munster Region. The Munster Regional Communications Centre became operational in December 1992 and is contactable via the emergency numbers 999 or 112
All enquires should be directed to the
Fire Services
Fire Station
Co. Kerry
Tel: (066) 71 23111
Fax No. (066) 71 29433
Opening Hours to the Public are:
09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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