Fire brigade tests backpack sprayers on gorse wildfire

Firefighting crews extinguished a large gorse wildfire in north Co. Dublin yesterday evening, Sunday, April 26 – and used the situation to test new backpack sprayers, according to Dublin Fire Brigade.

Taking to social media yesterday, the fire service’s Twitter account posted:

“Firefighters from Kilbarrack fire station have extinguished a gorse wildfire in Howth this evening.

“Crews are testing new backpack sprayers designed for this kind of firefighting,” the tweet added.

Earlier during the day yesterday, Dublin Fire Brigade issued a warning over the threat of gorse fires, stating:

“Grass, trees, bushes and gorse are still very dry. Take care if you are out exercising today, be fire aware.”

Image source: Dublin Fire Brigade Twitter
Image source: Dublin Fire Brigade Twitter

Warning that there is no excuse for disposable barbecues or camp fires with Covid-19 guidelines in place, the service added:

“Take cigarette butts home with you. The orange wildfire warning is still in place.”

This is the latest in a series of warnings and alerts issued by state bodies in recent days over the threat of gorse and forest fires across the country.