Major Investment for Fire Brigade Training Centre in Hacketstown

Date Published : November 29th, 2015    Published By : admin

Hacketstown Fire Service is to benefit from a proposed new training and development centre which is expected to strengthen even further the fire service, locally, regionally and nationally. The Department of Environment and Local Government have approved the first phase of the project which is now due to go to tender. The investment is worth €249,500 plus VAT.

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Hacketstown Fire Station. Photo: (

News on the recent announcement of the investment has been warmly welcomed by local Councillors and TD’s. Fine Gael TD Pat Deering said “The new centre will really strengthen the fire service at Hacketstown and will be of huge benefit to Carlow and the wider area in servicing as a regional training and development centre for the South East region.”

Deputy Deering congratulated those involved in securing the Hacketstown project. He also commended the members of Carlow County Fire Service for their recent and latest success in fire brigade competitions. “I commend Chief Fire Officer Gerard Guerin for this forward thinking approach and commitment to ensuring that Carlow fire service is best equipped to meet future challenges” he said.

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Assistant Chief Fire Officer Michael Gahan, Chief Fire Officer Gerard W. Guerin and Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alan O' Neill. Photo: (Thomas Nolan)

Carlow County Fire & Rescue Service has won many awards for the service they provide, and now the county has a ‘world class’ fire-fighting team as the team has won three awards at the recent World Rescue Organisation challenges.

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Carlow FRS Team at World Rescue challenge. Pic Courtesy Carlow Fire & Rescue Service

Fine Gael TD for Wicklow & East Carlow and Minister of State Simon Harris has welcomed the proposed new training and development centre for Hacketstown.  “I am thrilled that a new fire training and development centre is to be established in Hacketstown. This is fantastic news for East Carlow. This is a clear investment by the Government in East Carlow and I hope to further positive developments for the communities of Hacketstown and Rathvilly,” the Minister concluded.


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