Macroom Fire & Rescue Service
Skibbereen's long awaited new fire station on Marsh Road was officially opened on Friday 23 May, 2003.
Fermoy's new fire station was opened on the same day. More details on this to follow as soon as they become available.
Ballincollig's new Fire Station was officially opened on June 30, 2003. The opening of the new € 850,000 station was welcomed by residents of Ballincollig, which had been without its own fire service for some time.
Carrigaline is set to receive a hydraulic platform appliance (HP) which is expected to go on the run shortly under the callsign CK35E1.
With the introduction of this new appliance it is expected that the second turnout in Carrigaline (CK35A2) will be taken off the run to make room in the Station.
This HP was previously on the run with Cork City Fire Department and is thought to be on permanent loan to Cork County Fire Service.
This will be the only HP in service in the County area since Cobh's HP (CK42E1) was withdrawn from service.
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Two courses for First Responders were completed recently, and the advanced First-Aid training is a welcome boost to the County Fire Service.
The courses were run by the Elite Ambulance Service and were held in Bandon and Bantry Fire stations for members in the South Cork and West Cork divisions.
The Department of the Environment and Local Government has approved a grant of € 195,000 from its Fire Station Upgrading Programme which will go to improvement works on Mallow (CK21) and Crosshaven (CK36) Fire Stations.
An application has also been submitted to the Department for sanction to extend and refurbish Youghal (CK43) fire station.
Kinsale (CK34) is set to get a new fire station following the announcement that approval is expected shortly to allow the project to proceed to tender. The new station is to be located at a site in The Glen, Kinsale.
Millstreet (CK22) is also to get a new Fire Station on a site recently acquired by the Council. Proposals have been submitted to the Department for this project for approval. Cork County Council plan to build a fire station, a transfer station, a civic amenity site and a council machinery and materials yard, together on the one site.
Two New Scania fire appliances went into service with the Cork County Fire Service last year. The new appliances are on the run in Skibbereen (CK53) and Clonakilty (CK56). They were built by Brown's in Lisburn and are based on the Scania 94D chassis, but with a 260hp engine. Previous models in service in the county had the 220hp engine and some were uprated after arrival.
A third new appliance was delivered late last year, but due to teething problems is not on the run yet. This appliance is to be based in Midleton (CK41), replacing their 1996 Volvo FL6. This will bring to 7 the number of new Scania appliances entering service with the county over the last 3 years.
Sanction for the purchase of another appliance has been granted. We have been informed that the new appliance will be stationed in Macroom. Macroom's 1984 Dennis was the oldest first line appliance in the county but was taken off the run in February of this year and a spare appliance, a 1991 Volvo FL6 is currently on the run in Macroom. It is expected that this will be withdrawn shortly in favour of another 1984 Dennis coming off the run in Carrigaline (CK35A2).
by: FF Brian Gallagher©