Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Vital resources “being diverted because of gorse fires”

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Saturday, April 25th, 2020
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Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has condemned those responsible for starting recent gorse fires, especially at a time when emergency services are under huge pressure due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Slieve Gullion area Councillor made his comments as six fire engines, 46 firefighters and a water tanker were deployed to the scene of a gorse fire incident at Carrickbroad Road, Killeavy.

 

 

The local Councillor told Newry Times, “The fire has now been burning for several days.

“The Fire and Rescue Service have said it appears at this stage that the blaze was started deliberately.

“This is a disgrace and those who have started this gorse fire should be ashamed of themselves.

 

 

“Not only do these reckless actions put lives at risk, but they are also diverting the vital resources of the emergency services at this crucial time,” he insisted.

 

 

“Dealing with this and other such incidents has drawn much-needed resources away from where they are needed most, protecting our community.”

Councillor Larkin added, “I would urge everyone to be aware of the dangers these fires can pose and report them as soon as they are spotted, don’t assume somebody else will or already has.”

 

 

 

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