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NAVAL SERVICE TO CELEBRATE 75 YEARS IN OPERATION

Ireland’s Naval Service will mark its 75th anniversary in September with a series of celebrations during the month to mark the significant historical milestone since the maritime, defence and security service was founded in 1946.

FOCUS ON IMPACT OF PANDEMIC ON AIRPORT FIRE & RESCUE SERVICES

The management of airport rescue and firefighting services through the pandemic was outlined during a webinar, organised by the Airport Fire Officers’ Association to highlight the importance of strong collaboration with staff, training exercise in adapting to the current challenges and to inform future resilience planning.

DEFENCE FORCES – RESOURCING THE STATE’S INSURANCE POLICY

Global pandemics and cyber-attacks were, until recently, high-level threats that we have acknowledged, but for which we failed to adequately prepare. As we are all too aware, both have come to pass, and the State has scrambled to mitigate the threat, according to Commandant Conor King, RACO General Secretary.

NAVAL SERVICE TAKES NEW UNIFORMED APPROACH ON BOARD!

As Ireland’s Naval Service gets ready to celebrate its 75th anniversary in September, it recently transitioned to a new single operational uniform that will now visually reinforce its identity as a co-equal service within a joint Defence Forces.

‘BFIRESAFE@SCHOOL’ LESSONS TO BE LEARNED ACROSS EUROPE

The BFireSafe@School project, first launched as a pilot in Ireland in August 2019, is now delivering a new teacher-led fire safety education resource for post-primary students across Europe. Report by Finian Joyce, Chief Fire Officer, Leitrim Fire Service; Shreya Ravichandran and Derek Ross, Trinity College Dublin.

IRISH COAST GUARD ON RAPID RESPONSE WHEN ‘RED PHONE’ RINGS

The Irish Coast Guard’s fleet of Sikorsky S-92 helicopters covers the country’s coastline, and here Lukasz Gancarz provides a snapshot of search and rescue call-outs, and the prompt response by the pilots and winch crews when the ‘red phone’ rings, where every second can change the outcome of each mission.

INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR TO FOCUS ON FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION

Ireland’s Chief Fire Officers Association will host the 6th International Safety Education Seminar at Croke Park Conference Centre in Dublin on 7-8 December, and is now inviting sponsors and exhibitors to come on board.

FORENSICS AT THE FRONTLINE OF MALTA’S HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION

The European Forensic Institute – located at Malta’s Life Sciences Park – offers undergraduate programmes and professional training in forensic science, criminology, digital forensics, investigative and intelligence sciences.

MEATH ROLLS OUT PROMOTIONAL VIDEO ON FOREST FIRE PREVENTION

Meath County Council, in collaboration with Coillte, has produced a new promotional video to highlight the need for land-based wildfire prevention measures and to create a greater awareness of litter pollution in the county.

RESEARCH REVEALS HEART PATIENT REHAB IN ‘ABSOLUTE CRISIS’

Lifesaving rehabilitation for heart patients is in "absolute crisis" and no hospital in Ireland has a full team in place to help them recover, the Irish Heart Foundation has warned. It claims the vital service is now treated as an ‘optional add-on’ in hospitals.

FAST-TRACK EXPANSION OF COMMUNITY-BASED HEALTH STAFFING – FÓRSA

Fórsa trade union has called on the Health Service Executive to fast-track plans to recruit 7,000 community-based health staff over the next three years, as part of the commitment, set out in the Government’s Sláintecare Strategic Action Plan 2021-23.

COMMUNITY AIR AMBULANCE CALLS FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT

The Irish Community Air Ambulance was tasked to 127 incidents across nine counties during the first three months of 2021, and the charity’s Chief Executive Michéal Sheridan says the service needs community fundraising and corporate support to continue.

GLOBAL SURGE IN RANSOMWARE ATTACKS AND ORGANISED CRIME

Senior police officials have endorsed measures to boost the role of the National Central Bureaus as part of a co-ordinated response between INTERPOL and frontline police to deal with the evolving level of critical ransomware threats during the pandemic.

INCREASED DEPLOYMENT OF INNOVATIVE DIGITAL STRATEGIES IN POLICING

Digital evidence is rapidly becoming an invaluable tool for today’s law enforcement agencies across all crime investigations and forensic processes as they increasingly face a variety of complex issues in dealing with the sheer growth in the volume of digital content, writes Ove Evensen, Key Account Manager of the Police and Defence Division at FotoWare.

COMMISSION TARGETS MAJOR ONGOING ISSUES FOR DEFENCE FORCES

Tasked with undertaking a comprehensive review of the Irish Defence Forces before the end of the year, over the coming months the independent Commission will aim to fully address and help to remedy issues of army structures, falling personnel numbers, the need to reequip and the long-awaited improvement on pay and conditions.

CORK AIRPORT TAKES PANDEMIC PRIORITIES ON BOARD

Following the outbreak of Covid-19 last year, Cork Airport reviewed its emergency plans to consider the emerging threat of the virus, and moved rapidly to work with the public health authorities, according to Ken Roberts, Chief Fire Officer. Here he outlines the protocols they put in place to deal with this pandemic.

FOCUS ON FORENSIC SCIENCE IN SUPPORT OF JUSTICE SYSTEM

The next three years will be a time of significant change for Forensic Science Ireland (FSI), and Chris Enright, Director General, says that the FSI is firmly focused on providing the Irish justice system with a high quality integrated forensic service through independent, expert scientific analysis and advice to best international standards.

IRISH EMERGENCY MEDICS FLYING HIGH IN ENGLAND

The opportunity to gain experience in pre-hospital emergency medicine as flight doctors with charity air ambulances in England, was the main reason for two Irish medics to move across the water. Dr Eimhear Quinn and Dr Lisa Guthrie tell us about their journey to date, and claims there's a need for similar HEMS opportunities to be available in this country.

‘SHADOW WARRIORS’ LIFTS THE LID ON IRELAND’S SPECIAL FORCES

A new book ‘Shadow Warriors: The Irish Army Ranger Wing’ is the first and only authoritative account of this special forces unit that looks at their inception, advanced training and operations at home and overseas, without breaching operational procedures or tactics, writes co-author Sgt Wayne Fitzgerald.