HEATWAVE WARNINGS, DON’T TAKE THEM LIGHTLY! FST FIRE SAFETY TRAINING IRELAND .
FST Fire Safety Training Ireland, like most of the country, learnt of the recent National Status Orange heatwave warning last week. Coillte were quick to issue a statement urging members of the public to:
Avoid the use of all outdoor fires and other open ignition sources such as barbecues and cigarettes at this time.
Coillte is the organisation in specific charge of almost half a million hectares of Irish land which is substantially forested. They are Ireland’s largest forest managers who form part of the larger forestry sector managing in the neighborhood of 11% of the countries land.
Experienced colleagues from local fire departments inevitably had to deal with a major fire that broke out in Crone woods Co. Wicklow. The brave battle was fought overnight and brought under control the next day.
Above Image Credit: Wicklow Fire Dept Twitter
The chaotic event was significant in size and a dire threat to large exposed forested areas together with the Wicklow mountain range.
Operationally, Collite coordinated with fire fighting operators who put life and limb at considerable risk containing the destructive blaze while also utilising the services of an Air Corps helicopter to aid a huge effort to extinguish the fire.
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YOUR SUPER SUNNY DAY TRIP TO FORESTS
While we dearly love to see the such rare events as good sunshine and great summers the uncomfortable truth is they are getting far more dangerous than they ever have been with heat records being broken.
Forested areas are critically a particular problem when large cohorts of people flock to them and this is why Coillte state the following on their website:
- Do not light fires in and around forests or open land.
- Do not attempt to intervene or fight fires under any circumstances.
- Gather all family/group members and move to a safe fuel-free location such as a car park, upwind of the fire.
- Telephone Fire and Rescue Services via 112 and report the fire and its location.
- Evacuate if instructed to do so and cooperate with all Emergency Service Instructions.