An Post has released four stamps celebrating the 150th anniversary of Dublin Fire Brigade.The stamps were formally unveiled at the GPO by Dublin chief fire officer, Stephen Brady and a number of his colleagues.The four 55c stamps by Zinc Design show the various roles fire fighting crews play in emergency situations, including fires in premises, road accidents, water rescue and chemical fires. The scenes were captured during training simulations.“Dublin Fire Brigade has a long and proud tradition of serving the citizens of Dublin city and county since 1862,” said Brady. “Our 150th Anniversary gives us the opportunity to celebrate all aspects of our service and to remind Irish people everywhere to stay safe and take every precaution where fire, flammable materials and safety are concerned”,Established in 1862, the Fire Brigade began with 24 firemen who operated from a fire station based in Whitehorse Yard, Dublin 8.
Serving 1.2 million people, the modern Dublin Fire Brigade operates 20 fire engines, specialist appliances and 12 ambulances. Brady oversees the operation of 1,000 personnel crewing 12 stations. Firefighters are also fully trained to deal with hazardous and chemical materials. Dublin Fire Brigade is one of the few fire services in the world whose members are fully trained paramedics.