On April 1st of this year the Scottish government merged its eight regional fire and rescue services into one national fire service known as the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. In Ireland meanwhile we have approximately 37 fire services, all run by local authorities.
Is it time to create a national fire service for Ireland, like what we have with one national ambulance service and of course our single national police service? I would say yes, and go further in amalgamating the HSE National Ambulance Service, along with mountain rescue into one single fire, rescue, and paramedical agency.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Irish Fire Services Overview
HSE National Ambulance Service - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mountain Rescue Ireland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia