Roscommon County Council - Fire Service

By: Roscommon County Development Board  05/12/2011

To protect life, property and the environment by the efficient and effective prevention and control of fires and other emergencies including major emergencies.

The purpose of the Fire Service is to protect life, property and the environment by the efficient and effective prevention and control of fires and other emergencies including major emergencies.

On average the Fire Service attends 500 incidents per year with approximately 60% of these being chimney fires. A continuing trend is the increasing number of road traffic accidents/vehicle fires, which account for approximately 30% of calls.


Roscommon Fire Authority

The Roscommon Fire Authority has six brigades in the county, all manned by retained fire fighters in Ballaghaderreen, Boyle, Castlerea, Elphin, Roscommon and Strokestown. Each Fire Brigade has one Station Officer, one Sub Officer, two Drivers and a number of firefighters. There are a total of fifty eight firemen in the County (this number includes those listed above). Roscommon Fire Authority have a hydraulic platform which can reach up to a height of 85 ft for rescue purposes.







Petrol Filling Stations

Under the Dangerous Substances Act, 1972 and the Dangerous Substances (Retail & Private Petroleum Stores) Regulations 1979 all petrol filling stations must be licensed. A Licence may be obtained for either one or three years. The annual fee varies from €7.60 where storage does not exceed 2,500 litres to €63.50 where storage does not exceed 250,000 litres. Application Forms and Guidance Documents are available on this website or at Roscommon HQ Offices, Circular Road, Roscommon. Telephone 09066 34823.

Licensing of Certain Premises:

Many premises require licences under:

  • Registration of Clubs Act, 1904 - 1981
  • Public Dance Halls Act, 1935
  • Public Health Act Amendment Act, 1890
  • Gaming and Lotteries Act
  • Licensing (Public Houses) Acts, 1833 - 2000

The applicant requiring any of the above Licences is obliged to give one months notice in writing, of the application, to the Chief Fire Officer. The applicant's Solicitor will make the formal application to the Courts and will inform the Fire Authority and other Statutory Bodies.

Calling the Fire Brigade:

The assistance of a Fire Brigade may be requested by calling either 999 or 112. Give the operator your name, full address and any other information that will ensure that the nearest brigade is mobilised to the correct location with the least delay. All calls to 999 or 112 for fire brigades in County Roscommon are dealt with by CAMP West in Castlebar, Co. Mayo - who cover all five Connacht Counties and Donegal. They mobilise the relevant fire brigade based on the information supplied by the caller to 999/112.

The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011

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