A fire station is being converted into a joint ‘three-service’ community garda, fire and ambulance station for Cork.
Work continued on the new station today which will house a fire tender, an emergency ambulance and a garda vehicle.
The new service is a joint pilot scheme between the Fire Brigades in Cork, the National Ambulance Service and An Garda Síochána. The new tri-service station is set to be opened in May and will service the communities of Cork.
A Garda spokesperson told Emergency Times, ‘It is vital that communities have access to their local services and any new initiative being planned would be very welcome to the people of Cork’ while a Community Engagement Officer with the National Ambulance Service said, ‘The National Ambulance Service plays an integral part in the community, and with the added services of the CFR schemes, it would be a great advantage to have such a service in the heart of the community.’
A council spokesperson said ‘Our fire and rescue service provide 24-hour cover to the people of Cork. It is vital that firefighters are at the heart of the community in terms of providing fire safety and fire prevention measures to the people of Cork’.
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