THE Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service has officially taken possession of two state-of-the-art fire appliances, which are worth almost €600,000.
The engines, which are equipped with the most up-to-date fire-fighting and road traffic collision equipment, will replace older appliances at Limerick fire station, which will now be decommissioned.
“They have the most modern equipment available on them in terms of the breathing apparatus, in terms of the new pumps and in terms of the road traffic accidents cutting equipment - items like that,” said Michael, Ryan, chief fire officer. The new fire tenders – which are capable of attending both commercial and domestic fires – can deliver up to 4,000 litres of water a minute and can transport up to six firefighters.
The handing-over of the new fire engines, which were funded by the Department of Enviroment. Community and Local Government, means there are now 13 appliances based at Limerick Fire station, which provides a round-the-clock service for Limerick city and its environs.
“It is very important to have appropriate, modern equipment and vehicles. They are central to the capacity of the organisation to deliver its service effectively and efficiently,” said Josephine Cotter-Coughlan, director of Services with responsibility for the Emergency Services at the Limerick Local Authorities.
The delivery of the new fire tenders, which are each worth €290,000, means Limerick Fire station is now the best equipped in the Mid West Region.
A number of specialist appliances are based there such as a high-capacity water tanker and a fire tender which can cater for high-rise buildings.
Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Gerry McLoughlin, welcomed the delivery of the new appliances.
“It is fantastic and I think it is important that we have the best equipment available for the fire service because it is not an easy job,” said Cllr McLoughlin.