New-look Elphin Fire Station unveiled

Minister Darragh O’Brien TD (sixth from right) pictured with Cathaoirleach Cllr John Keogh (centre), CEO of Roscommon County Council Shane Tiernan (fifth from right), Chief Fire Officer John Keane (sixth from left) and staff from Elphin fire station during the unveiling of the newly-refurbished Elphin Fire Station last Monday. Pic: Gerard O’Loughlin

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD travelled to Elphin on Monday as part of his visit to the county where he officially unveiled the newly-refurbished Elphin Fire Station.

Total capital funding for the project amounted to €400,000 and a further capital investment of €450,000 for the Ballaghaderreen Fire Station of a Class B Fire Appliance has also recently being announced. The new facility became operational on Tuesday with a similar appliance to be delivered for Elphin next year.

A further €150,000 has also being allocated on providing vital specialist equipment for road traffic incidents which will save local lives and improve the delivery of emergency services in the county.

Officially unveiling the newly-refurbished Fire Station, Minister O’Brien said: “I am delighted to be here to celebrate the opening of Elphin Fire Station and to congratulate all who supported its delivery. Our dedicated and committed firefighters are now better equipped to protect lives, communities, property and local infrastructure from fire and other emergency situations across County Roscommon”.

CEO of Roscommon County Council, Shane Tiernan paid tribute to local fire personnel saying: “I wish to acknowledge Station Officer John McDermott and his team for their help and assistance and (also) our Chief Fire Officer, John Keane. They have dealt with many various incidents over the years, often having to cope with difficult situations involving their neighbours and friends”.

Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr John Keogh said the announcement means the area covered by Elphin Fire Station will now have a modern, efficient and effective fire service to cater for all eventualities, namely emergency and non-emergency events.