Past and present members of the Limerick County (Ireland) Fire and Rescue Service recently gathered at the Rathkeale Fire Station to mark the organization’s 70th anniversary.
The Limerick County Council established the fire department in December, after purchasing a Sultzer fire engine. Council worker John Doyle became captain of the fire service, responsible for recruiting five men to operate the engine.
Prior to 1940, localities weren't obligated to provide firefighting services in Ireland. But after England was bombed during World War II and afraid of being drawn into the war, Ireland passed the Fire Brigades Act in 1940