Firefighters in Ireland are being urged to use their best judgement when addressing queries from the public about their work, including about the health and safety of their colleagues.
The Government’s health and wellbeing package was launched in the wake of the devastating earthquakes in Galway and Monaghan last year.
But the public are not being told about the plans, or what they might involve.
The Irish Fire Service’s Chief Executive, Brendan O’Donnell, has said he has been “very frustrated” with how little information is being shared.
He said: “People have been asking me, ‘What can I do to make sure that they get the best information and support that they need?'”
He said it was important for people to know what is happening, so they can make informed decisions about their own care.
“The most important thing is to make it very clear what your plans are and what is the risk that you are taking, so that it is understandable to people, so it is understood by them,” he said.
“And so the best thing to do is to say ‘Yes, I will be working this week on the ground, and I will keep that in mind when I’m on the phone to people who might be concerned about me.'”
I’ve been very frustrated with that,” he added.”
I think that’s what is so important for me.
“And I want people to make their own decisions.”
What to do if you think you might have been exposed to fireworkSource: Irish Fire Authority