Official opening of Drumshanbo and Ballinamore Fire Stations by Minister Eoghan Murphy

Minister Eoghan Murphy TD to officially open two new fire station projects in Drumshanbo and Ballinamore for Leitrim County Council Fire Service

 Leitrim County Council has completed the development of two new fire station projects in Ballinamore and Drumshanbo. The fire station project in Drumshanbo is an extension to the existing fire station while the project in Ballinamore is a total reconstruction of the existing station on the existing site.  Capital funding of over €600,000 was received from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government for the two projects.

The two new fire stations were constructed by Carrick na Brack Developments Ltd., a Leitrim based company, to the highest possible standards. On Monday 16th December Eoghan Murphy TD Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government performed the official opening ceremonies in Drumshanbo and Ballinamore. As well as the current members of the fire service in Drumshanbo and Ballinamore many of the retired former members and their families will also in attendance together with local Councillors and Council officials.

Commenting on the new fire station developments Leitrim County Council Chairman, Cllr. Enda McGloin said “I welcome the continued investment of capital funding into the fire services in Leitrim. This is further evidence of the continued investment in rural Ireland by this government. I compliment the Director of Services, Vincent Dwyer and the Chief Fire Officer, Finian Joyce and his staff for their efforts in developing the fire station infrastructure in the county and for securing the necessary funding for the two projects”. 

Lar Power, Chief Executive welcomed the development of the new fire stations in the county. “This is in keeping with the strategic objectives of the Council’s Corporate Plan to further develop the infrastructure of the county. I’d like to express my thanks to the current fire service staff, and indeed former members, and their families for their commitment and contribution to their local communities over many years and I wish them well in the years ahead.” 

Vincent Dwyer, Director of Services said “the development of the new stations is a most welcome addition to the fire service resources in Leitrim. This additional investment follows on from the recent capital funding of approximately €90,000 received from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government for two fire service vehicles procured earlier this year”.

Chief Fire Officer, Finian Joyce in welcoming the completion of the two new fire station projects was pleased that this was part of an overall plan to improve our fire station infrastructure in the county.  He said “The new stations will improve the effectiveness of our fire crews in dealing with all types of incidents”.  He thanked Davitt Planning and Design Ltd. And his own staff for their hard work in overseeing the design and construction of the two projects and thanked the contractors Carrick-na-Brack Development Ltd. for such a high standard of workmanship. He wished the Station Officers and the crews in both stations the best of luck with the new fire station in the months and years ahead”.

The new stations will also be blessed by the local clergy as part of the opening ceremonies.  

For further information contact Finian Joyce, Chief Fire Officer 071 9620005

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