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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 9 June 2020

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Questions (708)

Thomas Pringle

Question:

708. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the fire stations within County Donegal that were refurbished or extended; the number of fire appliances supplied to Donegal County Council; if the vehicles were new or second-hand vehicles purchased; the cost of each item under the 2016-2021 €40 million Fire Service Capital Programme in each of the years 2016 to 2019 and to date 2020, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10228/20]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The provision of a fire service in its functional area, including the establishment and maintenance of a fire brigade, the assessment of fire cover needs, the provision of fire station premises, is a statutory function of individual fire authorities under the Fire Service Acts, 1981 and 2003. My Department supports the fire authorities through setting general policy, providing a central training programme, issuing guidance on operational and other related matters and providing capital funding for priority infrastructural projects and equipment.

My Department has channelled significant investment to fire authorities over the last number of years to improve the quality of Ireland’s fire service infrastructure. Donegal County Council, in partnership with my Department, has made substantial progress in modernising fire stations in the county. They have replaced 12 of the 15 fire stations in the county from 1998 to 2009, with investment of some €11 million by my Department.

In February 2016, my Department announced a five-year Fire Services Capital Programme with an allocation of €40 million, based on an annual €8 million allocation, to be used for the purchase of fire appliances and specialist equipment, building or upgrading of prioritised Fire Stations, an upgrade of the Communications and Mobilisation system and improvements to Training Centres.

My Department reviews the status of projects on the list on an annual basis, and adjustments, including some additions, are made to the published five-year programme. This includes consideration of additional fire station projects from fire authorities which fit the normal fire station project criteria and where an appropriate business case is presented. My Department has indicated to Donegal County Council that it will consider a proposal for advancing a fire station project in the south of the county as part of this Programme.

The investment by my Department in new vehicles and appliances for Donegal Fire and Rescue Service since 2016 is set out in table 1 below, and includes two new Class B fire appliances as well as four new all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles.

Table 1- New vehicles provided under Fire Services Capital Programme to Donegal Fire Service

Year

Vehicle type

Amount €

2016

Three AWD vehicles

104,278

2017

One AWD vehicle

75,353

One 'Class B' fire appliance

398,686

2019

One 'Class B' fire appliance

452,294

Total

1,030,611

My Department has also approved funding for the purchase of previously owned vehicles/appliances and other capital items during the 2016-2019 period. Details of these are set out in table 2 below.

Table 2 Previously Owned etc. Vehicles/Appliances etc. provided under the Fire Services Capital Programme to Donegal Fire Service

Year

Capital Expenditure Type

Notes

Amount € (ex VAT)

2016

Two ‘Class B’ fire appliances

Previously Owned

90,000

2017

Emergency Vehicle

Previously Owned

50,000

Two 'Class B' fire appliance

Previously Owned

90,000

2018

Two 'Class B' fire appliance

Previously Owned

95,000

2019

Water Tanker

New

130,000

Incident Command Vehicle

Refurbished

52,000

Total

507,000

I understand that not all payments listed in table 2 have so far been claimed by the Council.

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