A Dublin councillor has today made calls to review the call-out charges for the city’s fire service. According to him, the charges are “too high, confusing and unnecessary”.
Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan is asking for changes to be made on the third anniversary of the introduction of such charges.
At present time, residents within the Dublin City Council catchment area are required to pay a rather hefty call-out charge of €500 for attendance at a domestic incident or an even bigger one of €610 for road crashes.
But a lot of these monies go unpaid, in fact over 50% last year alone.
Mr. O’Callaghan says that the charges may work as a deterrent for people to call the fire brigade, and thus endanger lives.
He is calling for a substantial reduction of the charges, or have them scrapped altogether.