As part of the National Fire Service Capital Programme 2021-2026, announced by the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien T.D., in December 2020 Kilkenny County Council’s Fire Service have secured funding in the amount of more than €8 million for the construction of two new fire stations together with a funding allocation for a new fire engine. This is a significant investment in the continued improvement of the existing fire stations and fleet of emergency vehicles within the Kilkenny fire & Rescue Service.
At the February meeting of Kilkenny County Council Chief Fire Officer, John Collins, outlined the plans to develop a new Fire Station at Urlingford.
The old fire station in Urlingford had been in operation since the early 1970s and requires replacement as the existing station is limited to cope with the demands of a modern fire and rescue service. The proposed new site is adjacent to Urlingford Garda station and across the road from the existing station. The new design is to incorporate a two-bay station with a training yard, lecture room and staff facilities, Specific training installations include a drill tower, an underground water tank and a breathing apparatus compressor room. This project received funding in the amount of €1.7m as part of the national investment plan and will be placed on public display for consultation in the coming weeks. Welcoming the proposed development Cllr Michael McCarthy, Chairman of the Castlecomer Municipal District thanked all those involved in the preparation of plans and in the delivery of funding for this much needed project. Cllr Mary Hilda Cavanagh acknowledged the work of many in arriving at this point in the process as plans have been in preparation for a new station in Urlingford for many years.
While plans for Urlingford fire station now move to public consultation at www.consult.kilkenny.ie the process to select a site for the development of a new fire station for Kilkenny City will continue to site selection to provide a site and station to ensure a robust service for Kilkenny City and environs long into the future.
Cathaoirleach Andrew McGuinness stated “This is a very positive step in the delivery of the fire service in Kilkenny and will be well received by the fire fighters and their communities. It will improve and strengthen the delivery of the fire service in Kilkenny into the future.”