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Sinn Fein welcomes investment in Fire Service

16 October, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has welcomed the decision by the Minister of Health to invest £160m in the Fire Service.

Mr McCartney said,

"This capitol investment will allow the Fire Service to upgrade its station and appliances over the next ten years and needs to be welcomed. I particular welcome the Minister's commitment to stations in rural area of the North.

"People need to realise that the Fire Service deal with a lot more incidents than combating fires and as the role of the Fire Service increases it is vital that they are equipped with the latest gear in order to be able to be efficient and allow them to save even more lives

"The Fire Service has provided a great service to every community across the North and over the years several Fire-fighters have died in carrying out their duty. It is important that this investment will be also be used to increase the safety of the men and women who have to deal with what is a times is a harrowing job.

"The announcement coupled with the news last week of the investment in the ambulance service will help to ensure that people are provided with a service that is fit for purpose in the years ahead.

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