A Dublin Mid-West councillor has sought clarity regarding the timeline for the provision of a much-needed new fire station to be located in West Dublin, following a presentation delivered at a recent South Dublin County Council meeting. In welcoming the briefing, the Sinn Féin councillor for Lucan-Palmerstown-North Clondalkin raised several questions at the ‘Fire and Emergency Operations’ or ‘Section 26 Plan’ presentation.
Cllr Ó Brádaigh said “At the meeting senior members of Dublin Fire Brigade outlined the development of their strategic plan and provided detailed information for the provision of ongoing professional services in tackling fire and emergency situations. On conclusion of the presentation, an opportunity for questions and answers was facilitated. Every day, members of DFB respond to all types of very challenging emergencies and the essential service provided by those often putting their own lives at risk, is deserving of only the very best equipment and resources.
“During questions, I sought clarity on a timeline for the increasingly discussed need for a new fire station, amid an ever-expanding population in West Lucan. The Clonburris strategic development zone (SDZ) does provision for a new station in phase 4 of housing construction, but this does not provide us with an actual definitive delivery time. The Chief Officer was however able to confirm that progress is at an advanced stage with the department regarding finance and confirmed that they expect a new fire station to be operational within five years.
Cllr Ó Brádaigh said “It is always very helpful to be given realistic delivery times when it comes to important infrastructure and services, with people often just simply wanting to be told the facts. Personally, I feel more assured now, on hearing this news directly from Dublin Fire Brigade senior management, as I believe they are the best placed and motivated to drive the delivery of this new station on the ground. Two potential sites have been identified and this new ‘multi-bay’ fire station will be constructed to adapt and develop to operational requirements as the need arises into the future.”