Tipperary Firm Signs Construction Contract

Clare County Council today signed a contract with Thomas Nolan & Sons, Newport, Co. Tipperary, to construct a new Fire Training Centre in Ennis.

The project involves the provision of a new training centre with the facilities necessary to cater for the training requirements of Clare County Fire and Rescue personnel.  Construction work will commence later this month and is expected to be completed within six months.

The contract is being funded by the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government which is providing 470,000 euro for all costs, including Construction Costs and Design Fees.

Today’s contract signing ceremony at Ennis Fire Station, New Road, was attended by the Mayors of Ennis and Clare; Councillor Richard Nagle, Chair of the Community & Enterprise, Tourism and Emergency Services SPC; Chief Fire Officer Adrian Kelly; Ennis Fire Station staff; Clare County Manager Tom Coughlan; Gerard Dollard, Director of Services; and representatives of the successful contractor and the Design Team, which comprises Finbarr Piggott & Partners (Mechanical and Electrical Consultants), David McLoughlin & Associates (Quantity Surveyors),  and Paddy Coleman & Associates (Engineering Consultants).

Speaking today, Mayor of Ennis Councillor Frankie Neylon said the fire fighting capability of the local service would be greatly enhanced through the provision of the proposed new training centre.

Mayor Neylon also underlined the importance of continued investment in local fire and rescue service.  “It is vital the Government continues to invest in our fire service to ensure that communities have the necessary assurances of modern facilities, including lecture rooms and work areas, which can also provide a safer place to work for our Firefighters”, he added.

Mayor of Clare Councillor Tony Mulcahy commented: “The signing of this contract represents a very positive development for Clare Fire & Rescue Service and the people who live in, work in and visit Clare.  In spite of the current economic climate, it is pleasing to see that investment in our emergency services is continuing. I also wish to say a special thanks to the Fire & Rescue Service personnel who provide a professional service 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.”

Chief Fire Officer Adrian Kelly noted: “Presently, our fire and rescue staff are among the most highly trained in the country and this stand-alone training facility, once completed, will raise staff training levels even further. The new facility will complement existing training facilities at Ennis Fire Station and will allow us to run national training courses, as well as courses for external bodies and local authorities.  This year, for example, Clare county Fire and Rescue Service intends to run 36 courses catering for 300 participants”.

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.

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