By Dan Walsh
County Wexford will get a new fire engine, there will be continued support for the new fire station in New Ross, refurbishment works for Gorey Fire Station and continued upgrades to communications and mobilisation systems.
Welcoming the announcement Minister James Browne said; “This is a very welcome announcement for Wexford. Works are already underway on a new fire station in New Ross which are expected to cost an estimated €1.7 million. Gorey, which is one of nine fire stations nationally to be allocated funding for refurbishment, is currently at design stage with €0.5 million allocated for the works and a new fire engine for the county comes at a cost of approximately €0.5 million meaning just under €3 million in funding for Wexford under this programme.
“This year of all years we are very aware of the vital work our emergency services do for us. We are all so grateful to them and thank them for continuing to keep us safe,” he concluded.
Welcoming today’s news, Senator Malcolm Byrne said; “We have a great team working at the fire station in Gorey and they deserve to be working in a modern environment with the latest equipment.”
Cllr Michael Sheehan welcomed news of the new New Ross Fire Station at Hewittsland, (opposite Tesco) on WexfordLocal.com last October.
It will be a state of the art three-bay fire station with 14 parking spaces, a training yard, tower, lecture room and offices. The tender has been allocated to local construction company Kevin Thorpe Ltd, Adamstown.
The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, today announced a new €61 million Fire Service Capital Programme 2021-2015. The programme will see six new fire stations built, continued support for the construction of a further 12 new fire stations, nine fire station refurbishments and 35 new fire engines allocated.