Source: Joe Ryan/Coast Guard and Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ie
ON THE MORNING of Saturday 5 September Dublin city will be overrun with emergency service workers – and not because they’re expecting some massive disaster.
It will be a day for celebrating the work each of the services do every day and giving the public a chance to interact with them and have a bit of fun.
The Frontline Emergency and Security Services Eire Forum (FESSEF) is running the parade with the support of Dublin City Council and work gear company Helly Hanson. From 10.30am hundreds of firefighters, gardaí prison officers, paramedics, coastguard workers and others will march from O’Connell Street to Trinity College.
Here there will be historical displays and lectures but most importantly – especially for the little ones – there will be fire trucks, garda cars and bikes and other vehicles for them to clamber all over and have their photos taken with. Some of the workers might even let them try their gear on.
Below is a list of the lectures which will take place in the “Printing Room” which will be signposted from the main square.
10.30 – Joe Ryan : Irish Coast Guard – Hands around the country 1822 – 2015
11.30 – Las Fallon: Dublin Fire Brigade – Dublin Fire Brigade and the Irish Revolution – ‘Guns & Hoses’
12.30 – Padraig Allen & Georgina O’Neill – Irelands Oldest First Aid Organisation
14.00 – Organisation of National ex-Servicemen/women – What We Do
15.00 – Paul Maher – Policing Dublin – Law & Order in 1916
Each presentation will take no longer than 40 minutes including Q&A