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Fire Service Operations

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The Fire Services Act, 1981 sets out the rules and regulations for that the fire service works to.  The NDFEM provides support to the Local Authorities to make sure these rules and regulations are put in place and that health and safety is prioritised.  We provide funding to the fire service for the purchase of appliances and equipment.  We also support the fire service by running a national training programme and by publishing guidance on relevant matters and by setting general policy.

The National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management has developed a policy document called Keeping Communities Safe(KCS) which sets out a system of national processes and standards for fire service delivery in Ireland based on a risk management approach.  The KCS document is the outcome of a wide ranging review of fire service activities and is supported by a series of documents on issues such as fire services training and safety management systems for fire services. A further set of documents titled Good Practice Notes, which describe the best way for the fire service to deal with a range of situations, aims to achieve consistent good practice nationally.

Contact Details

National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management
The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Rm. G59
Custom House
Dublin 1
D01 W6X0


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Data Protection

The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage requires customers to provide certain personal data in order to carry out our legislative and administrative functions. The Department will treat all information and personal data that you provide as confidential, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection legislation. Personal data may be exchanged with other Government Departments, local authorities, agencies under the aegis of the Department, or other public bodies, in certain circumstances where this is provided for by law. 

The Department's Data Protection Policy and Privacy Statements, which set out how we will use your personal data, as well as providing information regarding your rights as a data subject, are available on the Department’s website.  They are also available in hard copy upon request from the Data Protection Officer, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Newtown Road, Wexford, email