Written Answers. - Firefighting Equipment.

John Gormley

Question:

140 Mr. Gormley asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government if it is the policy of his Department to support the purchase by local fire authorities of second-hand firefighting appliances being sold by their original owners after a full term of service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22271/98]

The purchase and maintenance of fire appliances is a matter for the local fire authorities to deal with in accordance with section 10 of the Fire Services Act, 1981. My Department assists fire authorities by providing capital grants toward expenditure they incur in the purchase of such appliances.

My Department is prepared to consider any proposals submitted by the authorities, as they see fit, for grant assistance from available capital whether for new and/or previously owned appliances.

Previously owned fire appliances have been grant-aided where fire authorities have requested same and are satisfied that the appliances meet their operational requirements and represent value for money.

John Gormley

Question:

141 Mr. Gormley asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the number of new firefighting appliances commissioned for use in the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22273/98]

The number of new firefighting appliances acquired by fire authorities in the last five years is as follows:

(a) 1993

8

(b) 1994

3

(c) 1995

6

(d) 1996

6

(e) 1997

7

In 1997 and 1998 fire authorities were given approval to invite tenders for a further 20 new appliances which are due to be delivered in 1998 and 1999.