Waterford City & County Council have been directed by the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management that in light of the on-going Covid-19 National Emergency controlled burning of agricultural land by the agricultural community is no longer permitted until further notice.
The public should note that all notices informing Waterford City & County Council of controlled burning will not be accepted for the duration of this emergency and that they should refrain from all forms of controlled burning at this time.
Controlled burning calls will not be accepted by the Fire Service or 999/112 for the duration of this emergency and all forms of controlled burning should not be carried out during this time.
It should also be noted by the public that if a 999/112 call is received relating to any controlled burning event on their property, then the Fire Brigade will be mobilised to attend and extinguish the fire. All the costs associated with the attendance of the Fire & Rescue Service will be invoiced to the property owner.
This measure has been deemed necessary when Fire & Rescue Services resources may be stretched due to Covid-19 crisis and, at a time when Waterford City & County Council are trying to maintain essential staffing levels.