CHRISTMAS arrived at Carlow County Fire and Rescue Services when a new Specialist Heavy Rescue Tender was welcomed at the station.
The engine, costing more than €250,000, is the latest in rescue tender design. It was officially launched at a ceremony in Carlow fire station and was blessed, along with all of the fire crews around the county by Fr John Cummins.
' This new Heavy Rescue Tender was a state of the art design in emergency response vehicles and is suitably equipped to deal with a number of different incident types,' said chief fire officer Ger Guerin. Following the blessing all attendees were invited to observe the Community Fire Safety Demonstration in the training yard of Carlow Fire Station, conducted by the fire-fighters.
Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council, Cllr Michael Abbey commended the Chief Fire Officer, Gerard W Guerin and his staff on the valued service provided to the community by the Fire Brigade.
In his opening speech, Cllr Abbey proudly acknowledged the many people involved in the procurement of this latest addition to the Fire Service fleet and recognised the unique capabilities of this vehicle which will respond to emergencies the length and breadth of Carlow such as Road Traffic Collisions, Chemical Incidents, Water Rescues and Large Scale Fires.