Donegal Fire Service urges caution
DONEGAL Fire Service
continues to respond to requests for assistance as
normal notwithstanding the current challenging
circumstances facing the Country arising out of the
The ability to maintain the fire services capability
to respond promptly to incidents where life or
property is at risk is very much dependent on having
our fire brigades immediately available to respond.
This capability is greatly reduced, and consequently
life and property is placed in greater risk, when
our fire brigades are responding to large-scale
wildfires similar to those that occurred in the
Annagry area in Easter of last year.
Donegal firefighter in action.
Donegal County Council
appeals to landowners and to members of the public
to exercise caution and to refrain from any
activities such as lighting fires outdoors, dumping
hot ashes etc. in order to prevent the occurrence of
wildfires which can quickly spread on areas covered
in gorse, heather or similar type vegetation.
Land owners and members of the public are urged to
be vigilant and to report any uncontrolled or
unattended fires immediately to the Fire Service by
dialling 999 or 112.
Where brigades have to respond to wildfires the full
cost of the brigades attendance will be charged to
House holders or building owners in areas
susceptible to wildfire are also advised to remove
or cut back any vegetation in the immediate vicinity
of their house, building or oil tank to prevent
wildfires damaging or destroying their property.
Donegal County Council also reminds landowners and
members of the public that under the Wildlife Act
1976 and the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000 it is an
offence to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any
vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated
between 1st day of March and 31st day of August in