By Dan Walsh
Today was an historic day for New Ross and district as the sod was turned on the new state-of-the-art fire station in New Ross that will be constructed at the cost of €1,458,205.
Wexford TD and Minister of State for Law Reform James Browne has expressed his delight at attending the sod-turning ceremony accompanied by Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Cllr Ger Carthy, Cathaoirleach of New Ross Municipal District Cllr Michael Whelan, Cllrs Michael Sheehan and John Fleming, Tom Enright, Chief Executive Wexford County Council, Ray Murphy, Wexford County Chief Fire Officer, and Daniel and Kevin Thorpe of Thorpe Construction, Adamstown, who were awarded the contract for construction of the single-storey building at Hewitsland.
Minister Browne told WexfordLocal.com; “I’m delighted to attend the sod-turning for a new fire station in New Ross. I made several representations to Minister for Housing and Local Government Darragh O’Brien TD seeking the approval of the tender for this much-needed investment and I am glad that these representations have culminated in the development of the new fire station.
“A modern fire service is critical for any community and our fire service personnel deserve the best facilities available.
“The current fire station on Michael Street has served its purpose very well for the residents of New Ross and environs for over 30 years. New Ross Fire Brigade now have three responding fire appliances and a 4×4 vehicle requiring this expanded facility. The new fire station will allow for the housing of response vehicles and allow for future expansion of not only the fire service in the region, but also training and development capabilities, which is important as the town grows.
“The new location will allow for a quick response to the new bypass and bridge and to assist other neighbouring brigades. It will be a new chapter in New Ross history and a welcome development for the crews of New Ross Fire Brigade. I look forward to see it’s development and official opening when this building project is complete,” concluded Minister Browne.