Jun 13 2014

Bray Firefighters Deaths Coroners Court Findings.

In the recent Coroners Court, regarding the Bray Firefighter Deaths the jury concluded that there was:

  • A failure to maintain the vital communications systems in the station watchrooms in the Bray and Greystones fire stations;
  • An absence of specific instructions for firefighters in emergency situations;
  • Following the purchase of a new fire tender, a failure to provide appropriate training of firefighters in the use of a new compressed air foam system (CAFS), noting the complete absence of training the use of CAFS in the case of Mark O’Shaughnessy;
  • A shortage of drivers on the day of the fire.

The jury issued a recommendation that that there should be a review of theory and practice in the use of CAFS and went on to express a number of concerns. The foreman of the jury said the absence of an internal investigation by their employer, Wicklow County Council in to the tragic events of the day was a “serious concern”.