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Welcome to Carlow Fire & Rescue Service

If you are looking for an Application form or Council Document you will find them in the All Publications section of this website or alternatively if you are looking for a Carlow Fire & Rescue document or Applications form you can find them in Carlow Fire & Rescue Documents & Forms section of this website.

Carlow Fire and Rescue Service operate out of the Fire Service Headquarters, which is strategically located in Carlow town. There are a number of outlining stations at Hacketstown, Tullow and Bagenalstown.

The Fire Service promotes and ensures minimum standards of safety in the community in operating a number of organizational sections.


The Operations section 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.

Technical and Community Fire Safety

The Fire Safety section concerns itself with promoting and ensuring a minimum standard of Fire Safety in the community. It achieves this through a number of measures, including active community involvement, information campaigns, and Fire Safety Inspections.

Building Control

The Building Control section concerns itself with promoting and ensuring minimum standards of construction in County Carlow. It achieves this in a number of ways, including design oversight via the Fire Safety Certificates and Disability Access Certificates, Inspection of ongoing developments, and public awareness.

Major Emergency Management

Carlow County Council, plans and prepares for Major Emergencies on an ongoing basis. The Major Emergency Management Section facilitates and coordinates the preparation of a Major Emergency Plan, and training for staff of Carlow County Council.

The purpose of this plan is to put in place arrangements that will enable the three principle emergency response agencies, An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive and the Local Authorities to co-ordinate their efforts whenever a major emergency occurs.

Dangerous Substance Licencing

Carlow County Council as a licencing authority has a role in licensing, inspection and prosecuting breaches of licences under the Dangerous Substance Act, 1972 and Dangerous Substances Regulations, 2019. The following premises must have a licence granted by the licencing authority…
• All retail and kerbside stores which store flammable liquids and fuels for the purpose of sale or supply to the public and
• all distribution and commercial supply stores which hold flammable liquids and fuels for supply or sale to commercial enterprises, for supply to the licensee’s own vehicle or for use in any engine under the licensee’s control.
For further details on licencing, application forms and how to apply for a licence click here