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County Donegal Fire Service gets new water tanker and incident command unit

There was great excitement at Letterkenny Fire Station on Monday as elected representatives, council officials and members of the County Donegal Fire Service came out to mark the official handover of the new water tank to the cutting edge technology and incident command unit at Donegal County Fire Service.

The tanker and Incident Command Unit are funded by the Ministry of Housing, Planning and Local Government (the Ministry).

The new water tanker which costs €183,000 and the Incident Command Unit which costs €73,000 will be based at Letterkenny Fire Station and will serve all stations in County Donegal and, according to the Chief firefighters, Joseph McTaggart will “enhance the ability of Donegal County Fire Service to provide the operational fire service to the community it serves”.

The Volvo FE 350 Water Tanker is a specialized vehicle that can accommodate a crew of two. The main purpose of the water tanker is to transport water to the scene of operations. The vehicle has a water carrying capacity of 8,500 liters for fire fighting purposes.

The Incident Command Unit is a high-roof, extra-long wheelbase Mercedes Sprinter 519CDi van converted into a specialized Fire Services Incident Command Unit. The vehicle can be deployed in complex incidents as a support vehicle or when a large number of fire service personnel have been deployed.

Supplied by Sídheán Teoranta d’An Sp Idéal, Co. Galway, the vehicles are also fitted with the latest emergency lighting, high visibility markings and are fully equipped with many features that represent the very latest in modern wrestling technology. against fires. .

Sídheán has built a number of new appliances for Donegal County Council over the years and they have a proven track record of delivering first class appliances to the local authority sector for many years.

Speaking at the event, Cllr Jack Murray praised the County Donegal Fire Service for their dedication and commitment.

He said: “Donegal County Council is justifiably very proud of its firefighters. They are a group of very passionate people who are very dedicated to their role as firefighters and to the communities they serve”.

Cllr Murray also complimented the new vehicles saying: “The vehicles on display are truly state of the art vehicles which are as good as any specialist vehicle you will find anywhere – not just in Ireland – but around the world”.

Garry Martin, Donegal County Council’s Director of Economic Development, Information Systems and Emergency Services, announced at the inauguration an investment by the department in two fully handed over second-hand Scania Class B machines. nine at a cost of €85,000 each.

These aircraft entered service in 2022, one located at Glencolmcille and the second aircraft replaced the second aircraft at Buncrana.

Mr Martin also announced a Department investment of €98,000 + VAT in Holmatro Rescue Equipment which entered service with the Donegal Fire Brigade in 2022 and an investment of €14,000 in mobile data terminals for first aid devices. line in Donegal.

Station Officer Edward Moore was master of ceremonies at the event which included an address by Garry Martin, Director of Economic Development, Emergency and Emergency Services for Donegal County Council, as well as ‘a joint blessing from Reverend Canon David Crooks, Church of Ireland and Reverend Father Kevin Gillespie, RC.

SHOWN ABOVE: Station Officer Paul Kelly, Bundoran Fire Department, Substation Officer Michael Purtill, Letterkenny Fire Department, Station Officer Don Magee, Buncrana Fire Department, Substation Officer Cartha Boyle, Glenties Fire Department, Station Officer Thomas Kelly, Glencolmcille Firefighters, Station Officer Edward Moore, Letterkenny Firefighters, Firefighter Ronan O’Donnell, Letterkenny Firefighters, Firefighter Norman Spratt, Letterkenny Firefighters, Firefighter Raymond Carey, Letterkenny Firefighters. PHOTO: Clive Wasson