Long overdue improvements at the Dublin Country Fire Service headquarters are almost complete, with members keen to start putting the new space to good use.
Dublin CFS brigade captain, Rosemary McDonnell, said the extension, which will cater specifically for women and ensure important firefighting equipment can be cleaned and stored safely, was in its final stages.
“At this stage everyone is really impressed with the space that has been created,” Rosemary said.
“They are very excited to move everything in and use the new area.
“It’s probably better than we’d expected and will be much easier for our volunteers to maintain and store our equipment.”
Rosemary said essential CFS personal protective clothing (PPC) had improved so much in recent years the brigade wanted to be able to protect the expensive attire.
The new extension also has a special re-commissioning area, which includes a dedicated Breathing Apparatus (BA) space, where essential equipment can be cleaned ready for the next call straight away.
“These are practical but necessary improvements for our brigade,” she explained.
“It’s more than doubled our storage area but also our “don” area, which is the space where we get ready when responding to call outs.
“We can’t wait for the extension to be completed as this will include a purpose-built recommissioning table for the BA equipment, to bring us in line with current safety standards.”
Rosemary said the brigade had been fundraising for the extension for many years, with the local community backing them all the way.
“They have been a huge support in assisting us to make this dream become a reality for our brigade,” she said.
“We are super proud of the community spirit supporting us.
“Thank you to all involved to make this dream now a reality.”
Funds for the project were also received as part of the State Government’s $5 million Project Renew; a commitment to improving CFS facilities throughout the state.