The newly upgraded Nobber Fire Station has been officially opened by Meath County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Nick Killian.
The opening follows the completion of works to the station of €1,100,000 with the redevelopment being funded by the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management in the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. Upgrade works to the station feature an appliance bay that accommodates both vehicles attached to the station, a drill yard and tower, training rooms, canteen facilities and modern changing facilities. The Project Team included Doohamlet Construction Ltd and Node Design team.
The station, with its ten personnel, operates as part of Meath County Council Fire and Rescue Service, along with brigades from six other stations. The station provides the base for immediate response to approximately 80 emergency incidents annually.
Speaking at the official opening, Cllr Nick Killian said: “Much has changed since the original Nobber Fire Station was built. It was recognised that the old station was no longer fit for purpose. This upgraded station is an excellent facility that has been completed to the highest standard. I welcome this investment in the Fire Service that will support personnel to respond to emergency incidents with maximum efficiency.”
Jackie Maguire, Chief Executive of Meath County Council, said: “This newly extended station will give the personnel stationed here much more room to accomplish their tasks. The station will provide Nobber and the wider area with a greatly improved facility to ensure the continued delivery of an effective emergency and fire safety response to the community for future generations. I look forward to this station and those who work here making a valuable contribution to the local community in Nobber and surrounding areas for many years to come.”
Cllr. Eugene Cassidy, Cathaoirleach of Kells Municipal District, said: “Since 1965, many of us have seen, and heard, the members of this station leave at any hour of the day or night, at a moment’s notice, to attend to emergencies of all types, many of which us ordinary folks would struggle to get to grips with, let alone attend with such professionalism and care. They have made an outstanding contribution to our community.
For a small community at the edge of the county, many miles from other emergency and medical services, they are indeed lifesavers, and we are grateful every day for their service.”
Sheila Broderick, Meath Chief Fire Officer, said: “The completion of this project represents a very positive development for the Fire Service as well as all of the people who live in, work in, and visit Nobber.”
Meath County Council Fire and Rescue Service currently is made up of 81 staff, including firefighters, officers, administration and maintenance personnel.
County Meath’s seven fire stations are located in Navan, Trim, Kells, Dunshaughlin, Ashbourne, Oldcastle and Nobber.