Fire Service Operations
Fire operations relate to the resources that Offaly County Council has to respond quickly and efficiently to fires and other emergencies throughout the county. This response consists of a pre-determined turnout of appliances and equipment based on the nature and location of the incident. Turnout involves the mobilisation of the fire fighting crews and the appropriate fire appliances.
The operational fire service in County Offaly is a retained Fire Service i.e. fire fighters carry a pager and are expected to report to a fire station within 5 minutes and go mobile to the incident as is the norm in rural Ireland.
The operational service within Offaly is provided by crew of retained fire fighters reporting to a Retained Station Officer who in turn reports to the Assistant Chief Fire Officer/ Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer (Operations), who is a professional technically qualified officer. In addition one Senior Fire officer is rostered on call each week to assist in the handling of emergency incidents.