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Questions raised over ‘excessive’ call-out fees for Limerick Fire and Rescue

Some people are afraid of getting burned by the bill, says Cllr PJ Carey.

According to the Independent councillor, “I know many folks who had a chimney fire or a little fire and they just let it burn out”.

“€550 per hour for a domestic fire and €1,100 per hour for a commercial fire sounds a bit excessive,” remarked Cllr Carey.

“How much comes from Local Property Tax (LPT) and how much comes from charges?” inquired the Kilmallock councillor after a local area meeting.

Le budget for the fire department in 2022 is anticipated to be €16,850,890, according to the council.

“Other local authorities contribute €531,844, while fire costs contribute €685,734. Other fire service income is predicted at €145,813.

“The remainder, €15,487,499, is council-owned
A man recently told Cllr Carey he received a €2,200 charge for a house fire. He recalled a man being charged after an arson attack damaged his property.

“These are only a few. Should people pay for fire services when we already pay for them through property taxes? Maybe a maximum charge like other authorities. The dread of being billed often prevents fire reports.

“Some people think the person who calls the fire department must pay the fees, so maybe an education campaign is needed to clear up the misconception. “When renewing home insurance, make sure you are covered for fire service calls,” advised Cllr Carey.

He finished by stating that there is “something very wrong” when some hesitate to summon the specialists when a fire breaks out.

“Fire safety is critical, especially with all the Christmas lights and candles. The people should not hesitate to call Limerick Fire and Rescue Service in an emergency.

“We all recognise and commend the devotion, sacrifice, and professionalism of the wonderful firefighters in the city and county who are on call 24/7. “Something is wrong at a higher level,” stated Cllr Carey. business rates and LPT,” said the responder.