SIPTU members in Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) will gather outside the Dáil today (Tuesday 19th June) at 3.15 p.m. to highlight their call for all parties to support a private members’ motion which seeks the retention and adequate funding of their Fire-based Emergency Medical Service (EMS). The motion will be proposed in the Dáil today (Tuesday 19th June) by Fianna Fáil TD, John Lahart with Sinn Féin, the Labour Party, the Social Democrats among those committed to supporting the motion. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Brendan O’Brien, said: “Our members in DFB are calling for all Dáil parties and independent TDs to support the Fianna Fáil motion which calls for the retention of their Fire-based EMS and its proper funding. They will gather outside the Dáil to brief TDs on the Fire-based EMS and make clear to them the adverse impact on emergency services in the capital which would result from its removal.” SIPTU DFB Convenor, Shane McGill, said: “DFB has been providing crucial ambulance services to the citizens of the city and north county for 120 years. The HSE has proposed to remove the delivery of this Fire/EMS service from DFB and instead merge it with the National Ambulance Service. “We believe this proposal could have a huge negative impact on the delivery of services from the DFB call centre. Our members support the motion’s call for the design of a direct funding mechanism to allow DFB to continue to operate all areas of its Fire-based EMS service.”