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Government must meet its commitments and extend Tallaght fire station – Crowe

22 July, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD

Speaking after meeting recently with firefighters stationed in Tallaght, Dublin South West TD Seán Crowe has written to the Minister for Environment, Community & Local Government Michael Hogan requesting information on when work will start on extending and upgrading the station.

Deputy Crowe said:

“The inadequate state of Tallaght fire station, which was built in the early 1980s, needs to be upgraded and extended. Last year an accident occurred in which a firefighter was electrocuted and left badly injured in an incident that illustrated the extent of the problems there.

“In March, 2010, under the National Development Plan, 2010 – 2013, the then Minister for Housing and Local Services, Michael Finneran, TD, announced a capital funding package of €18 million to support fire and rescue services across the State.

“Its aim was to maintain and enhance the capacity of fire crews throughout the country so they would be better able to protect local communities by making them more efficient.

“As part of this announcement, the Minister approved the commencement of design work on an extension to Tallaght fire station yet over a year later no work has started on this important project.

“Tallaght has one of the busiest fire stations in Europe and its crews cover 250,000 people across 220 square kilometres of heavily built-up residential and industrial land. This is reflected in the thousands of callouts they respond to annually and the crews stationed in Tallaght save countless lives.

“The Government needs to upgrade and extend Tallaght fire station and also implement plans that would site emergency response crews in the station whose role would be to respond to incidents across three counties.

“The fire fighters who operate out of Tallaght and who risk their lives saving people deserve nothing less.”

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