Waterford City and County Council says it is in ongoing discussions with firefighters in Kilmacthomas to resolve a rostering dispute.
There are currently seven members of the service in the village but five are required to be on call at all times.
Councillors say this has resulted in members having little to no time off.
When fewer than five firefighters are available, the station is declared ‘off the run’.
Fine Gael’s Seanie Power says the village now has to rely on fire services from other parts of Waterford.
“If there’s a fire in Kilmacthomas or God forbid an accident on the N25..the fire service has to come from Waterford, Portlaw or Dungarvan….what needs to be done is it needs to be upgraded to 10 firemen so you can have five on and five off.”
Fianna Fáil’s John O’Leary says the situation needs to be resolved soon:
“it’s a very grave situation…there seems to be a HR problem and a lot of discontent with the part-time firefighters”.
Ivan Grimes oversees the council’s Emergency Services:
“Arrangements are always in place for when a retained fire station are not available to respond to calls for whatever reason. In relation to the situation in Kilmacthomas, we are in ongoing discussions with staff and their union and we’re hoping to resolve the situation soon and i’m not really in a position to say much more at this stage.”
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