THE Cork County Fire Service responded to more than 80% of call outs to fires within 20 minutes or less last year.
The Fire Service was called out to fires on 1,248 occasions last year and averaged a turnout time (the time from when the when a station was notified of an emergency until the time the response apparatus left the station) of five minutes and 23 seconds and arrived on scene at an average of 14 minutes.
Figures revealed in Cork County Council's annual report of 2016 show that almost 40% of fire call outs were responded to within 10 minutes with a further 43% reaching the scene within 20 minutes or less.
The County Fire Service was also called out to 617 non-fire emergencies last year with an average turnout time of five minutes and 43 seconds and a response time of 15 minutes and 29 seconds. Over 84% of non-fire emergencies were responded to within 20 minutes.
Firefighters earlier this year fought a gorse fire in the Gouganne Barra valley which saw 4km of land destroyed in a forest inferno which lasted almost 48 hours.
Meanwhile, Cork County Council's vehicle fleet travelled 6.68 million kilometres, approximately a sixth of the distance of the Earth's widest point at the equator.
County Council's 624 vehicles are all fitted with GPS units to monitor efficiency. Almost a quarter of the fleet is rented.
The county authority spent approximately €400,000 on new public lights last year with 800 existing public lights retrofitted with low-energy LED lights at the cost of €700,000 which will reduce energy costs by over 50% according to County Council figures.
Also highlighted in County Council's 2016 annual report was a 93.45% collection rate for housing rent which amounted to €16.6m with an additional €1.6 from the Rent Accommodation Scheme.