Fancy heading to a free event in Dublin this weekend?
The annual Frontline Emergency & Security Services Eire Forum (FESSEF) parade takes place this Saturday September 17th, offering the public the chance to get up close and personal with Ireland’s emergency services, including Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB), An Garda Síochána, the Irish Prison Service, National Ambulance Service, Irish Coast Guard, Civil Defence, the Order of Malta, the Irish Red Cross and more.
Having attended last year, it’s well recommended for an enjoyable and interesting day out for all the family. Representatives from each service will march from Parnell Square to Trinity College beginning at noon, with a display at the college open from 11am to 4pm – a great day to learn about a potential career, or to simply discover more about the intricacies of emergency response in Ireland.
Speaking at the event last year where he gave a lecture entitled Guns & Hoses, focusing on Dublin Fire Brigade’s involvement in Irish revolution, DFB historian Las Fallon gave his opinion on why the parade is so beneficial for all involved.
“It’s nice to have the day. The idea behind it is that it’s recognition for the various emergency and frontline services. We would probably be one of the more high profile services; people know about us, they know what we do,” Fallon explains. “The other organisations that do hugely valuable work probably never get into the limelight and a day like today highlights their work as well. It’s everybody’s hour in the sunshine. It’s also nice to see the various [historical] aspects covered – it’s not just who we are now, it’s where we came from, and it’s no harm to remind people. In our own case it’s a long heritage going back to 1862 so it’s nice to be able to show that and to remind people that we’ve been an integral part of the city for a long, long time.”