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Newry and Mourne Council to discuss concerns over proposals to reduce Fire Service cover

15 November, 2006


Sinn Féin Fews area Councillor Jimmy McCreesh has said that the proposals produced by the Fire and Rescue Service within their NIFRS Integrated Risk Management Plan to reduce fire appliances in 12 locations which included the two in the Newry and Mourne area had caused grave concern.

Cllr McCreesh said

"There is a need for an informed discussion on this issue and I along with Mournes area Councillor Deputy Mayor Martin Connolly am asking our Council to ask the appropriate officials from the Fire Service and the Fire Brigades Union to make presentations to us on their assessments as to how they view the proposals.

"Emergency Service cover in the Fews and South Armagh area in general at the present level is causing alarm within communities.

"The Newtownhamilton proposal will no doubt add to that alarm and concern."

Deputy Mayor of Newry and Mourne Martin Connolly added:

"Most people in Kilkeel will have severe reservations about the proposal to remove a fire appliance. "

"Hopefully we can, as a Council come to a unified agreement on our response to these proposals." ENDS

Note to Editors

Newry and Mourne District Council is to discuss the impact of the Fire Service proposals to reduce fire appliances in their Newtownhamilton and Kilkeel bases.

Motion before Council this Monday night

"That this Council as a matter of urgency call a special meeting focused entirely on the proposals by the NI Fire and Rescue Service within their NIFRS Integrated Risk Management Plan, to reduce fire appliances in 12 locations including Newtownhamilton and Kilkeel. The Council should consider inviting appropriate representatives from the Fire Service and the Fire Brigades Union to make presentations to this meeting on their assessments on the issues involved, so that we can hopefully submit a unified and informed response to the Consultation document presently in the public domain"

Jim Mc Creesh, Martin Connolly, Colman Burns

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