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‘No need for panic’: Dublin Fire Brigade simulate ‘active shooter’ on Luas to train paramedics

The drill was far bigger than most simulations the fire brigade carry out.

Dublin Fire Brigade simulating a mass casualty event.
Dublin Fire Brigade simulating a mass casualty event.
Image: Dublin Fire Brigade via Twitter

PHIBSBORO WAS TURNED into a disaster zone yesterday as Dublin Fire Brigade carried out an elaborate drill to teach trainee paramedics how to handle a mass casualty event.

The scenario was an active shooter on the Luas with dozens of ‘casualties’ requiring assistance from the fire brigade.

A spokeswoman for Dublin Fire Brigade explained that the purpose of the operation was to train a class of 44 trainee paramedics how to operate should such a situation ever arise.

As well as the 44 trainees, dozens of other people took part in the simulation including members of other branches of the emergency services and actors.

During the drill the fire brigade repeatedly informed people of it on social media and urged them not to panic.

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“The role of the paramedic is to prioritise patients and get them to definitive medical help in the most efficient manner possible, taking into account the size of the incident and the resources available,” the fire brigade said.

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The drill was carried out with co-operation from a number of different agencies including the gardaí, the National Ambulance Service, the Civil Defence, the Red Cross, the Luas and Bus Eireann.

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The fire brigade carry out numerous similar drills throughout the year but yesterday’s event was far bigger than most.

The gardaí carried out a similar drill earlier this month. In that scenario they had to deal with a terrorist attack at the Docklands railway station.

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