Skerries RNLI take familiarisation visit to new fire brigade station

Skerries RNLI volunteer crew visit Skerries Fire Brigades new station


Volunteers from Skerries RNLI recently paid a visit to the new fire brigade station in the town.

Three of the volunteer crew members at Skerries RNLI are also on Dublin fire brigade fire-fighters.

The fire brigade is called to all manner of emergencies, and with Skerries being located on a peninsula, they are often the first on scene to provide medical assistance before the ambulance arrives.

With this in mind and with the real possibility that at some point Skerries RNLI will find themselves working alongside the Skerries fire brigade, one of the fire-fighters, Philip Ferguson, who is also a helm on the inshore lifeboat suggested it would be beneficial for the crew to visit the new station.

Philip along with Paul Hamilton and Willie Boylan, the other fire-fighters who are on the lifeboat crew, gave the crew a tour of the station, before giving them a full breakdown of the equipment they carry on the fire engine, with a particular emphasis on their first aid capabilities. They also gave a demonstration of how they use some of the equipment including breathing apparatus, hydraulic equipment and vacuum splints.

Speaking afterwards Philip said: 'In Skerries we are fortunate to have first class emergency services in the town, and I felt it would be a worthwhile exercise for the volunteer lifeboat crew to have a look around the station and see the capabilities of Skerries fire brigade, strengthening our relationship as local emergency services'.