SIPTU members in the Fire, Ambulance and Rescue service in Dublin Fire Brigade have welcomed the decision by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children to hold a hearing into ambulance response times on Tuesday, 25th February. The have also called on the Government to ensure that adequate funding is secured to ensure current ambulance response times are maintained and improved within the Dublin city area. SIPTU Organiser, Brendan O’Brien, said that the Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance and paramedic response times are consistently ranked as the best in the country and it is imperative that this high level of service is maintained through the continued  provision of a fire based Emergency and Medical Service. “We welcome the opportunity to meet the joint Oireachtas Committee to outline the value of this essential emergency service delivered by our members through Dublin Fire Brigade and to raise these and other concerns,” he said.