Fire Stations at Midleton and Bantry have gotten much needed new appliances funded by the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management in the Department of Housing, Heritage and Local Government.
Midleton’s new appliance will be designated the call sign CK41A1 and will be the first turnout appliance in the station.
The station is also equipped with a number of special appliances including an Emergency Tender, a Water Tanker and a Hydraulic Platform.
Similarly, Bantry’s new Class B fire appliance designated CK51A1, will be the first turn out appliance for the station, which also has a Water Tanker and a second Class B fire appliance.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Mary Linehan Foley welcomed the news saying “Brigades in Bantry, Midleton and across the county have responded to a number of incidents arising from severe weather events during Storm Ellen and Storm Francis.
“The Bantry Brigade played an integral part of the response to the recent flooding in Bantry town centre. Midleton Fire Brigade recently responded to a serious fire in the Post Office building on Main Street, Midleton and a fuel tanker fire on the N25.
“Our Fire Service is invaluable, crews are at the frontline daily and this additional equipment will facilitate their work and increase safety and efficiency.” Deputy Chief Executive of Cork County Council, James Fogarty added: “Midleton Fire Station responds to between 250-300 emergency calls each year, serving a population of 40,000.
“It is responsible for much of Cork County’s strategic industrial areas with the pharmaceutical industry in Carrigtwohill, oil refinery and power stations at Aghada/Whitegate and distilleries in Midleton and Dungourney. Bantry Fire Brigade serves a population of almost 11,000, including the inner part of Bantry Bay which contains the Whiddy Island oil terminal and a large rural area on the Sheep’s Head and Beara Peninsulas.
“The remit of both stations is extensive. This new appliance contains the latest technology, with a telescopic mast light which will greatly aid the fire crews when responding to after dark incidents.”