By Dan Walsh at Wexford County Council meeting
Speaking at yesterday’s monthly meeting of Wexford County Council, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy referred to consistent advertising for people to join Wexford Fire Service and wondered why there was a slow take-up on the positions, which she said, offered decent rates for the job and is a rewarding career.
Cllr Michael Sheehan noted that it was difficult to get firefighters. Cllr Davy Hynes also contributed, and Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan felt that since the positions were ‘part-time’ it was not attractive to people who may be seeking mortgages. Cllr Tom Forde said the position had to be in close proximity to their residences.
Director of Services Ms. Caroline Godkin acknowledged that all contributions were well made and recalled that six night courses had been held recently in Gorey, Bunclody and New Ross.
The discussion coincided with the publication of the Fire and Emergency Operations Plan 2022-2027 which was circulated to members.
Wexford Fire Authority maintains a fire service consisting of a fire brigade in each of the principal towns of the county; Wexford, Enniscorthy, Gorey, New Ross and Bunclody with the Headquarters in Wexford town.
Other duties undertaken by Wexford Fire Service include various fire prevention and protection activities, community fire safety and planning for major emergencies.
Wexford County Council invites applicants for post of Retained (part-time) Firefighter in the following Stations: Bunclody, Gorey and New Ross.