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Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 392.  Deputy Gerald Nash Information on Gerald Nash Zoom on Gerald Nash  asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan  if he will provide information as to the total cost of employing retained fire-fighters in 2011; the total costs involved in providing training, uniforms and other associated costs to retained fire-fighters; if he will provide such information pertaining to each local authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16355/12]

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan Outside of the main cities which have full-time fire services, fire services are provided by a retained staffing system. Retained firefighters are employees of fire authorities, and are organised to provide a full professional fire service for their communities. They are equipped, supervised and operate to the same procedures as their full time colleagues. At the end of December 2011, there were 2,077 retained firefighters employed by local authorities. While the information requested in the question is not available in my Department, retained firefighters are paid an annual retainer and an hourly drill rate the figures for which are detailed in the table:

Revised Local Authority Scales Operative from 1st January 2010

Part-Time Fire Service Personnel — Inclusive Annual Allowance

Service Station Officer Sub Officer, Driver Mechanic Firefighter
0-5 years €15,438 €11,687 €8,402
5-10 years €17,345 €13,130 €9,439
10 years + €19,078 €14,442 €10,383

Hourly rate of attendance Drill Day Night/Weekend
    1st Hour Subsequent Hours 1st Hour Subsequent Hours
Rate per Hour €19.86 €39.72 €19.86 €79.44 €39.72

Question No. 393 answered with Question No. 391.

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