Dubliners are being asked to go to their local fire station tomorrow to voice their opposition to plans by Dublin City Council to break up the fire based emergency medical service.
Dublin Fire Brigade has run a combined fire and ambulance service in Dublin for decades – a model that’s being copied in cities around the world.
However, that Emergency Medical Service is under threat as City Council Management plan to separate the ambulance and call centre service and merge it with the HSE’s National Ambulance Service.
Supporters of Dublin Fire Brigade are calling on the people of the city and county to meet at their local fire station tomorrow at 1pm – to voice their opposition to the proposal.
Michael O’Brien from the Anti-Austerity Alliance will be at one of the rallies.
"A warning shot really for Dublin City Council senior management, Health Service Executive and the Government that they should just back off from this plan."
SIPTU members voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial and strike action two weeks ago to try and stop this split from happening.
Michael says he believes it can’t happen unless all the councillors agree to it.
"The voting consent is needed of elected Dublin City Councillors to change the status of Dublin Fire Brigade and that's going to be hard for them to achieve."
Another protest, of fire brigade personnel, will be held outside City Hall on Monday evening.