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Carlow County Council

Carlow County Council are committed to the provision of high quality relevant services in an open and responsive manner.
Phone: 059 9170300


Carlow Fire and Rescue Operations concerns itself with the resources it has to respond quickly and efficiently to fires and other emergencies throughout the County. This response consists of a pre-determined turnout of appliances and equipment based on the nature, magnitude and severity of the incident. Turnout involves the mobilisation of the fire-fighting crews and the appropriate fire appliances.

The Operational Fire Service in Carlow is a retained Fire Service. That is, the fire fighters carry a pager and are expected to report to the Fire Station and go mobile to the incident as is the norm for rural counties in Ireland at present. This provides a comprehensive fire brigade service to the community, 24/7 under any conditions. Our customers expect us to respond promptly with an adequate number of personnel who are trained and equipped to handle the situation, provide quality service and do it efficiently. Therefore, the number of resources within the Brigade, the training of personnel, and the deployment of those resources are important to our mission.

The Headquarters is strategically located in Carlow town with outlining stations at Hachetstown, Tullow and Bagenalstown.

Retained Firefighters

As well as responding to emergency calls and undertaking community fire safety initiatives, retained firefighters attend weekly training nights to maintain competency levels. They must also undertake routine checks on their equipment and fire appliance as well as test, clean and maintain the equipment to ensure it will work properly when required during an emergency.

Retained firefighters are men and women who are on call to respond to a range of emergencies. These may be fires, floods, road traffic accidents or chemical spills. Many retained firefighters have other full or part-time jobs but when the call comes they are ready to drop whatever they are doing and become part of a team, ready to face any emergency. Although they are part-time they are trained and capable of saving life and property.

Become a Retained Firefighter

As a firefighter you will be called upon to tackle a wide range of emergency situations where your problem solving skills and initiative will be vital to resolve issues quickly and calmly. Incidents vary from tackling fires and rescuing people from burning buildings to dealing with chemical spillages and road traffic collisions. A sensitive approach will be required when dealing with members of the public who may be distressed and confused.

There are certain personal attributes that you will need to help you fulfill your role as a firefighter. They include confidence, resilience, adaptability, effective communication, integrity and a commitment to diversity.

The role of the firefighter is continually changing as new techniques and equipment are introduced. As well as responding to emergencies, you will also be expected to work closely with the community:

  1. To prevent fire and accidents from starting in the first place.
  2. Educating the community by visiting schools, community centres and people in their own homes.
  3. Advising people about planning escape routes within their own homes in case of a fire.

Training and Development

As a firefighter you will be expected to undertake a continuous training programme by attending lectures, exercises, practical training sessions and other forms of training to maintain competence levels. You will be expected to take responsibility for developing your own skills and ensuring that your fitness levels are maintained as the work can be demanding, both physically and mentally.

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