Date Published : April 28th, 2015 Published By : admin
Emergency Services in Limerick are to benefit from a new mobile co-ordination unit for dealing with major emergencies and incidents in the Limerick region. Limerick City and County Council launched the new unit today under the Major Emergency Management Programme. The unit will act as a command and control centre on-site as part of the Local Authority’s response to major incidents along with facilitating meetings with the other principal response agencies in the region such as An Garda Síochána and the Health Service Executive.
By Declan Keogh
Limerick’s Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Niall Murray oversaw the fitting out of the vehicle. He said it had been designed to be functional and for personnel to respond to incidents irrespective of location. “Decision making and communication is vital to an effective response to a major incident. The new co-ordination vehicle allows us access an electronic information management system which is used to identify key issues and capture the evolving events of a major incident. This allows information to be automatically recorded and communicated to all relevant personnel and agencies and will greatly assist us particularly during evaluation in post event reviews”.
The new unit can be powered either by a generator or directly to an electricity supply. The vehicle is equipped with laptops, printer and internet access using WIFI, TV, UHF radios and satellite phone. Work is currently underway in conjunction with the Council’s ICT Department to set up a teleconference facility in the vehicle which will allow a live teleconference back to the crisis management team and local co-ordination centre located within the local authority’s headquarters.
The Mayor of Limerick, Councillor Kevin Sheahan said “I’m delighted to launch this new vehicle which will be a huge asset to our staff dealing with major incidents such as flooding, severe weather incidents, road traffic events or other major emergencies,” he said. “It means that all the main principal response agencies can gather in one location to capture the evolving events of a major incident and jointly respond while having the most up to date technological information to hand”.
The vehicle is expected to be ready for use by early May, when crucial personnel from Limerick City and County Council are fully trained to operate the unit.
Top Photo: Garda Inspector Paul Reidy, Henry Street Garda Station, Niall Murray, Ass. Chief Fire Officer, Limerick, Michael Ryan, Chief Fire Officer, Limerick. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters.
Bottom Photo: Michael Ryan, Chief Fire Officer, Mayor of Limerick Cllr. Kevin Sheahan, and Garda Inspector Paul Reidy, Henry Street Garda Station. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters.