Firefighters from the Louth Fire Service attended a total of 1,141 callouts in 2019, new figures reveal – a 10% drop on the amount of callouts from the previous 12 month period.
Drogheda was the busiest station in the county last year, responding to 442 callouts which was down 493 down from 2018. A total of 129 incidents in Meath were responded to by firefighters from Louth – which points to one reason as to why callouts from Drogheda far exceed those elsewhere.
The 129 callouts in Meath made up over 11% of the total number of callouts by Louth firefighthers.
In 2019, Dundalk Fire Station firefighters responded to 380 callouts. In Ardee, their firefighters responded to 84 incidents.
The figures also show that there were 171 fire alarm activation callouts last year, a considerable 46% increase on the previous year. 67 of those were in the Dundalk area, 65 in Drogheda.
Louth fire responders attended 89 car fires, 99 domestic firess and 33 grass fires. Firefighters attended to assist ambulance paramedics on 60 occasions throughout the county – 27 times in Drogheda.
In total, firefighters responded to 167 road traffic accidents – 55 in Dundalk, 41 in Drogheda, 30 in Meath and 20 in Ardee.
LOUTH FIRE SERVICES - 2019 FIGURES BREAKDOWN BY REGION
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Firefighters from Dunleer Fire Station responded to 49 incidents in 2019 – including nine each of car fires, domestic fires and road traffic accidents. This is despite”working in cramped conditions and [with] old equipment” according to Dunleer-based councillor Hugh Conlon.
He told LouthNow.ie on Monday that he was “very disappointed” at the lack of progress in building a new station in Dunleer. Louth County Council say they have not yet identified a new site for the project and are considering their options, including the current site on the Barn Road.