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Dublin firefighters train at height with Peel Ports cranes

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The Dublin Fire Brigade has visited Dublin Port to carry out real life scenarios on top of 110 ft. high cranes as part of its ongoing height training programme. 18 firefighters were invited to the port by terminal operator Peel Ports on 11 April where they were given the chance to practice for worst case scenarios at height.

Firefighters and paramedics played out real life situations, including a simulation involving a crane operator suffering a cardiac arrest who required immediate rescue and medical attention. ALS (advanced life support) was administered on arrival to the crane operator by advanced paramedics before being rescued safely from the crane to ground level. The scenario also involved an advanced paramedic to treat the casualty from the top until they were lowered.

This is the second time the brigade, which has 900 personnel across Dublin, has visited the port to train staff. The visit was also used by Peel Ports to strengthen and test its own health and safety procedures.

The cranes are used to load and unload container ships calling at the port and bound for locations in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Iberia and onwards worldwide. Up to 170 000 TEU pass through Peel Ports MTL container terminal each year, carrying a variety of goods and materials.

John Robinson, an officer and heights rescue instructor at Dublin Fire Brigade, said “It is crucial that our personnel are able to train and prepare for the worst case scenarios as height. Having access to the cranes within the port is an invaluable part of our preparation and risk prevention. This allows us to build our training around a real life scenario that our fire crews could get called to.”

Craig Collins, deputy head of container terminal operations (Ireland) from Peel Ports, said: “We’re delighted to once again welcome Dublin Fire Brigade to the port for a second time. Working closely with our emergency services and preparing for the worst case scenarios ahead of time is incredibly beneficial for everyone involved and could be crucial when it comes to resolving a potentially life threatening situation. We look forward to welcoming the crew back to the port once again in the future.”

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