Mr. Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for the Environment, accompanied by Mayor of Ennis Cllr. Tommy Brennan and Mayor of Clare Cllr. Christy Curtin, today officially opened Clare County Fire and Rescue Service’s new Training Centre in Ennis.
The €470,000 facility is funded by the Department of the Environment and will be used for the provision of training, both for the Emergency Services and Local Authority personnel. During 2011 the local Fire Service will provide over 40 training courses with an estimated 400 places available to Fire Service Personnel.
These courses will include Wildland Firefighting, Initial and Refresher Breathing Apparatus, Road Traffic Accident Techniques, AED/CFR, Emergency First Responder (medical), Emergency Fire Appliance Driver Training, Hazardous Materials and General Firemanship
Welcoming the completion of the new facility, Mayor of Clare Cllr. Christy Curtin said the completion of the new training centre represents a very positive development for Clare Fire and Rescue Service, as well as for the people of Clare.
According to Mayor of Ennis Cllr. Tommy Brennan: “In spite of the current economic climate it is pleasing to see that investment in our emergency services is continuing. I also wish to acknowledge the staff of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service personnel who provide a professional, year-round service.”
Chief Fire Officer Adrian Kelly noted: “Our fire and rescue staff are among the most highly trained in the country and this stand-alone training facility will raise staff training levels even further. The new facility complements existing training facilities at Ennis Fire Station and enables us to run national training courses, as well as courses for external bodies and local authorities”.
Ennis Fire Station is currently made up of 9 Senior Fire Officers, 1 Wholetime Station Officer, 15 Retained Firefighters, 3 Administration Staff and 2 Fitter Mechanics. The Ennis Fire Station Service fleet consists of 6 vehicles, including 2 Class B Fire Appliances, 1 Water Tanker, 1 Emergency Tender, 1 Aerial Appliance, and 1 Four-Wheel Drive.
Meanwhile, Clare County Fire and Rescue Service is appealing to members of the public, and particularly landowners, to familiarise themselves with the latest Department of Agriculture advice relating to forest, gorse and bog fires.
Adrian Kelly commented: “The Fire Service attended hundreds of separate forest, bog and gorse fires during 2010. All legal burning should be carried out in a controlled manner as it is vital we don’t have a repeat of the record numbers of fires attended by the Fire Service last year. We would advise members of the public to check detailed information regarding the controlled burning of lands is available on the Department of Agriculture website, www.agriculture.gov.ie. The public are also encouraged to read the 3-page guidance sheet on burning on the Council website, www.clarecoco.ie”
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