In County Hall this morning Cork County Council signed a contract for the construction of a new fire station in Kanturk, with Cork based company HG Construction (Irl) ltd. At a cost of €1.5 million the build will be funded by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey welcomed the step, saying,
“Kanturk Fire Brigade services a large area with a population of over 17000 people and responds to more than 130 emergency callouts each year. In recent years with the changing role of the fire service, especially in response to road traffic accidents, flooding and other severe weather events, the existing fire station at St Theresa’s Place is can no longer adequately meet the demands of a modern fire service. This new fire station will be built on a fit-for-purpose, 1.4 acre, council-owned site at Percival Street and will provide significantly improved access and facilities for Kanturk fire services.”
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Christopher O Sullivan commented
“On completion this new fire station will be able to meet the changing needs of the community and will provide state of the art facilities for our fire services personnel and accommodate all the modern fire services equipment at hand and ready for immediate emergency turn-out – keeping both our fire fighting crews and our communities safer.”
The new fire station will meet functional requirements commensurate with the increased level of fire service activity in the area. It will facilitate the emergency turn-out of the fire brigade, routine testing and maintenance of appliances and equipment and ongoing training of fire brigade personnel.
Construction is to commence immediately, and the works are expected to take 12 months to complete.
Pictured Left to Right James Fogarty Divisional Manager Cork County Council, Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Christopher O'Sullivan, and Director Ronnie Hennessy of HG Construction Ltd. at the signing of the contract for Kanturk Fire Station