Engineers assess damage to fire station and fire appliance

Date Published : March 7th, 2016    Published By : admin

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service is assessing the damage caused to Larne Fire Station and a Fire Appliance after a break-in in the early hours of Saturday morning. The fire crew at Larne Fire Station have moved to temporary accommodation in the Larne Harbour area until damage done to the fire station is repaired and the structure made safe.

NIFRS Fire engine

NIFRS Chief Fire Officer Dale Ashford said: “We are meeting with a structural engineer to assess the extent of the damage caused as a result of the break-in. A section of the station is currently sealed off and we won’t know the full cost of the damage caused until later. Whilst Larne Fire Station is out of action we have moved to temporary accommodation in the Larne Harbour area. We also have a replacement Fire Appliance in place which means that we can continue to operate and provide emergency cover and I want to reassure the public that it is business as usual.

NIFRS Fire engne damage

CFO Ashford has paid tribute to the personnel who worked tirelessly over the weekend ensuring cover was maintained. He said “This was a senseless attack on a frontline emergency service which exists to protect the whole community and our local residents. I want to pay tribute to personnel who worked tirelessly throughout the weekend ensuring that emergency fire and rescue cover was maintained at all stages and who arranged temporary accommodation.”
Pics: Courtesy NIFRS

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