Dublin Fire Brigade

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Dublin Fire Brigade
Operational area
Country Ireland
City Dublin
Agency overview
Chief Fire OfficerDennis Keeley
Facilities and equipment
Rescue boats2
Official website

The Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB; Irish: Briogáid Dóiteáin Átha Cliath) is the local authority fire and rescue service for Dublin City and the majority of the Greater Dublin Area. It is a branch of Dublin City Council. There are currently 14 fire stations manned by DFB, 12 of which are full-time, the other 2 are part-time or "retained". Full-time stations are manned by shifts across 4 watches, A, B, C & D. There are currently over 900 active firefighter/paramedic personnel making it the largest fire service based on manpower and resources in Ireland.


Dublin City's first municipal fire engines were delivered in 1705. Throughout the second half of the 18th Century, insurance brigades were the primary source of firefighting for the city, operating independently for buildings bearing the mark of their respective insurance companies. Eventually the brigades began to co-operate on a competition basis with the first brigade on scene being the highest paid. It wasn't until 1862 with the enactment of the Dublin Corporation Act, that the city had an organised fire brigade. Dublin man J.R. Ingram became the first superintendent of the brigade, having worked as a fireman in New York and London. The brigade consisted of 24 men with a makeshift fire brigade station on Winetavern Street in The Liberties. In 1898 the Dublin Fire Brigade Ambulance Service was established. The turn of the century saw the brigade have its first fire stations and permanent headquarters built, with the first motorised fire engine coming on stream in 1909.

Stardust fire[edit]

In the early hours of 14 February 1981, Dublin Fire Brigade received a call reporting a fire in the Stardust nightclub in Artane. Units were dispatched from both Kilbarrack fire station and North Strand fire station. When the firemen arrived they were met with scenes of panic, disorder and suffering at what would turn out be one of the worst fire disasters in the history of the state. 48 people died and 214 people were injured as a result of the fire.

Fire Stations/Appliances[edit]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
DN11 Donnybrook Wholetime 2x WtL, 1x AMB, 1x DO
DN12 Dolphins Barn Wholetime 2x WtL, 1x ET, 1x DO, 1x AMB
DN13 Phibsboro Wholetime 2x WtL, 1x WrC, 1x ET, 1x DO, 1x AMB,
DN14 North Strand Wholetime 2x WtL, 1x TRV, 1x DO, 1x AMB
DN15 Finglas Wholetime 1x WtL, 1x DO, 1x AMB
DN16 Kilbarrack Wholetime 1x WtL, 1x AMB
DN17 Tallaght Wholetime 2x WtL, 1x AMB
DN18 Rathfarnham Wholetime 1x WtL, 1x AMB
DN19 Blanchardstown Wholetime 1x WtL, 1x AMB
DN21 Tara Street/Pearse Street (HQ) Wholetime 2x WtL, 2x TL, 1x FEU, 1x ISU, 1x DO, 2x APRU, 2x AMB, 1x PCV
DN22 Dun Laoghaire Wholetime 2x WtL, 1x ALP
DN25 Swords Wholetime 1x WtL, 1x AMB
DN23 Balbriggan Retained 1x WtL
DN24 Skerries Retained 1x WtL
N/A Additional Appliances* 2x WrC, 2x RIB, 1x CIU, 1x MIU, 2x CSU, 3x PM, 1x BFU, 1x WSU, 1x HRU
  • These are appliances crewed by the DFB but kept in reserve until needed at emergencies requiring specialist equipment. They at stored at stations across the capital but are not tied down to any one in particular.

Fire Appliance Glossary/Callsigns (currently changing to line with National callsigns, September 2018)[edit]

  • Water Tender Ladder (WtL): DN11A1, DN11A2, DN12A1, DN12A2, DN13A1, DN13A2, DN14A1, DN14A2, DN15A1, DN16A1, DN17A1, DN17A2, DN18A1, DN19A1, DN21A1, DN21A2, DN22A1, DN22A2, DN23A1, DN24A1, DN25A1
  • Water Carrier (WrC): D19, D39, D109
  • Turntable Ladder (TL): DN21 F1, DN21 F2
  • Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP): DN22 E1
  • Emergency Tender (ET): DN12 B1, D13 B1
  • Tunnel Response Vehicle (TRV): D14 A5
  • Chemical Incident Unit (CIU): D113
  • Command Support Unit (CSU): DN21 C2
  • Incident Command Unit (DICU)
  • Incident Support Unit (ISU): D108
  • Foam & Environmental Unit (FEU): DN21 H1
  • Foam Support Unit (FSU): D103
  • Personnel Carrier Vehicle (PCV): D108
  • Inshore Rescue Boat (IrbT)
  • Prime Mover + HAZMAT Response Unit (PM+HRU): D123
  • Prime Mover + Water Support Unit (PM+WSU): D63
  • Prime Mover (PM): D33

For Pods:

  • Bulk Foam Unit (BFU)
  • Major Incident Unit (MIU)
  • District Officer's (DO): A, B, C, D, E, F

Emergency Ambulance Service Glossary/Callsigns[edit]

  • Advance Paramedic Response Unit (APRU): EMT-A1
  • Advanced Paramedic Response Unit (ARPU): EMT-A2
  • Ambulance (AMB): D14, D24, D34, D44, D54, D64, D74, D84, D94, D104, D114, D134

Dublin Fire Brigade, operates 12 ambulances on behalf of the Health Service Executive and 2 advanced paramedic response vehicles with staff rotating between fire and ambulance duties. Most firefighters are PHECC registered paramedics. Fire engines are often sent to more serious medical calls before an ambulance and to assist where extra manpower is required. Dublin Fire Brigade’s fire and rescue resources are funded by and under the remit of Dublin City Council. Medical resources are funded by the HSE via service-level agreement from the National Ambulance Service annual budget.

Training centre and museum[edit]

The Dublin Fire Brigade Training Centre is located at the O'Brien Institute on the Malahide Road, Marino, Dublin 3. Recruit firefighter training as well as Paramedic training and specialised courses are held here. The centre also provides various other training courses such as fire marshal training and first aid training to private companies and individuals.[1] The Dublin Fire Brigade museum is also situated at the O'Brien Institute and can be visited by appointment.[2]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dublin Fire Brigade External Training". Dublin Fire Brigade. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Dublin Fire Brigade Museum". Dublin Fire Brigade. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.

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