Fire fighters should be deployed as backup to ambulance service

It's been suggested that specially trained fire fighters could be deployed as a backup to the Ambulance Service in instances when an ambulance on call cannot respond to an emergency within an acceptable time frame.

The call has come from Donegal North East Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn, who says he's received representations from trained fire fighters in Donegal, outlining their frustration at reports of cutbacks to the Ambulance Service and incidents in Donegal and elsewhere.

He says fire fighters with emergency training are proposing that their skills be utilised........