Date Published : December 29th, 2020 Published By : adminCommunities across Ireland will benefit from today's announcement of the Fire Service Capital Programme worth €61m.
18 new fire stations and 35 new fire appliances were announced by Minister Darragh O'Brien from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
By Declan Keogh
Each county fire service will receive at least one new fire appliance while firefighters in 18 stations will see new fire stations being built for them up to 2025.
The programme will see 6 new fire stations built, continued support for the construction of a further 12 new fire stations, 9 fire station refurbishments and 35 new fire engines allocated.
Communications and mobilisation systems will continue to be upgraded.
Cork will receive three new appliances while Dublin will receive four. DFB will also see the construction of high rise and tunnel training facilities in Marino at the O’Brien Institute, costing approx €1.1 million, and accommodation works for Turn Table Ladders in Finglas and Rathfarnham fire stations, costing approx €1 million.
Photo: Declan Keogh / Emergency Times
Two fire stations in County Wicklow are categorised as Priority 1 and Priority 2 in the funding programme. Baltinglass fire station is Priority 1 and Dunlavin fire station is categorised as Priority 2 for a new fire station. Firefighters and the communities of the two West Wicklow towns welcome the news of the new fire stations.
Wicklow County Fire Service said “Some great news today with two new fire stations announced by Minister Darragh O’Brien. Baltinglass will get a new station in 2022 while Dunlavin’s will be delivered in 2023.” The county will also receive a new fire appliance.
Blessington was one of the last new stations to be officially opened in Wicklow in May 2005.
Official opening of Blessington fire station, Co. Wicklow, 2005. Photo: Declan Keogh
Firefighters in Cavan County Fire Service also welcomed the news of a new fire station for Ballyjamesduff and said 2021 looks a bit brighter. Their colleagues at Belturbert said “Congratulations to our management and colleagues in Ballyjamesduff fire station. Full funding secured for their brand-new fire station. Funding was also secured to purchase a build Class B tender.”
Outlining the overall programme, Minister O’Brien said: "My Department will provide just over €61 million euro in grant aid for newly built fire stations, refurbished stations, new fire engines, equipment and facilities between now and 2025.”
Following close consultation with local authorities, the Department carried out a comprehensive analysis of their proposals for fire station works which will see 27 fire stations across the country being either built or refurbished over the lifetime of this plan.
A total of €27.7 million has been allocated for fire appliances which will be delivered in two tranches. In the first tranche, 35 new appliances will be provided at an approximate cost of almost €16 million. Separately, in Dublin, the Department will as a matter of priority critically and comprehensively evaluate funding needs over the next few years.
Gorey fire station, Co. Wexford is one of nine stations for refurbishment. Photo: Declan Keogh / Emergency Times
Minister O’Brien said "Dublin will receive funding for the construction of high rise and tunnel training facilities in Marino at the O’Brien Institute and accommodation works for Turn Table Ladders in two fire stations in Finglas and Rathfarnham as well as benefiting from the significant investment in communications, infrastructure and training. This is a clear demonstration of the Government’s support for our fire service and the work they do in protecting people, communities, property and local infrastructure from fire and other emergency situations."
Minister Darragh O'Brien concluded"This year of all year’s we are all truly grateful for the work of those on the frontline and in our emergency services. I’d like to thank the staff and crew of all our fire services across the country for their work this year and every year."