Irish Examiner: FIREFIGHTERS are ill-equipped and insufficiently trained to deal with a major nuclear disaster, the National Firefighters Committee said yesterday.

Chair of the committee Brian Murray was commenting on Ireland’s emergency planning after the screening by RTÉ of Fallout, a docudrama about a nuclear disaster at Sellafield.

“There have been no exercises carried out in the middle of a major urban centre in this country to see exactly how the fire services could deal with such an accident,? he stressed.

And while Britain has 80 instant response units capable of dealing with mass contamination, Ireland has none.

Mr Murray said attempts were being made to have a decontamination system available round the clock in Dublin but it had yet to be put in place. more

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