Major regional emergency drill for Leitrim

Fiona Heavey

Reporter:

Fiona Heavey

Major regional emergency drill for Leitrim

There are some big developments planned for Leitrim Fire Service next year.
The county will host a major regional emergency exercise next year that will include Leitrim Civil Defence and other regional emergency units.
Arising from that drill the Fire Service will update it's Emergency Operation Plan.


The operation of the fire service and fire prevention will cost the council almost €2 million in 2017, an increase of just over €90,233 from last year is mainly is due to added training.
The Fire Service received €115,000 in fire charges in 2016.


Next year it is hoped to commence the development of a new fire station in Manorhamilton. The approval is subject to the successful acquisition of land.
The council will submit funding proposals to the Department for upgrade and extension works at Ballinamore and Drumshanbo Fire Stations.


2017 will see the implementation of driver training to meet the national ESDS standards and the implementation of new equipment testing and maintenance arrangements.


The potential development of a cross border mapping platform by the cross border emergency management group to map emergency management resources required by all stakeholders during a major emergency will be examined during 2017.