Shannon fire crews assist with Limerick incidents

Shannon fire crews assist with Limerick incidents


Fire crews from Shannon assisted Limerick City at two incidents overnight – © Pat Flynn 2014


Units of the fire brigade from Clare were mobilised to assist colleagues in Limerick overnight after a major blaze broke out at a commercial premises.

Limerick City fire service was alerted to the fire at a commercial premises on the Ballysimon Road on the outskirts of the city at around 2am.

While the city’s entire complement of fire fighters was tied up with the incident, a car fire was reported in a basement car park area in the city centre at around 2.30am.

A unit of the fire brigade from Shannon was mobilised in accordance with a ‘Pre-Determined Attendance’ (PDA) protocol that utilises the nearest available resources for incidents.

Shannon fire crews dealt with the blaze and returned to their station a short time later.

Meanwhile, officers at the scene of the commercial fire on the Ballysimon Road requested additional resources from other stations including a Mobile Command Unit based at Shannon fire station.

The state-of-the-art vehicle, acquired by Clare County Fire and Rescue Service in 2012, operates in a “Command Support Role” primarily to the fire service in Clare, North Tipperary, and Limerick City and County.

Clare County Fire and Rescue Service’s Incident Command Unit – © Pat Flynn 2014

Fire crews from Rathkeale and Cappamore in Limerick also assisted with the major incident.

Extensive damage to the interior of the building while a number of vehicles parked nearby were also destroyed.

The scene has been sealed off pending completion of a forensic examination and while Gardaí at Henry Street are investigating the incident, it’s believed the fire was started accidentally.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.