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Fire Brigade Operations

A Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer (SACFO) is head of Operations within the Fire Service. The SACFO is responsible for all fire stations, tenders/appliances and personnel in each station. There are six Fire Stations in County Kildare:

  • Newbridge
  • Naas
  • Athy
  • Maynooth
  • Monasterevin
  • Leixlip

In Kildare, all stations are operated on a retained basis. This means that when an emergency fire call is received, fire fighters are only then alerted to the call. The numbers of fire fighters in each station range from 8 to 12. A Station Officer manages each station. The Station Officer works on a normal five-day week, whilst also attending fire calls after hours and at weekends. Each station holds a two-hour drill practice each week. This enables firefighters to enhance their training of equipment and procedures.

Fire Tenders and Appliances:

Each station has a minimum of two appliance bays, the first bay houses a standard fire tender with pumps and ladders. This appliance carries a crew of six, the maximum allocated to a fire appliance. The second bay can house either an additional standard tender or a water tanker.

Fire & Emergency Services Plan:

This document has been prepared to identify the provisions made by the Fire Authority of County Kildare (Kildare Fire Service) for fire and emergency operations in its functional area, in accordance with Section 26 of the Fire Services Act 1981 & 2003.

'Each fire authority which maintains a fire brigade shall prepare (and, as occasion requires, revise) plans for fire and emergency operations showing the provision made by it in respect of organisation, appliances, equipment, fire stations, water supplies and extinguishing agents, training, operational procedure and such other matters as may be relevant, and for dealing with operations of an emergency nature under section 25.'