The crew of Ballyshannon and Bundoran fire stations in Donegal would like to thank the NRFA for their assistance in the fight to keep their stations opened. Around two years ago, with very short notice, we were summoned by our chief fire officer to a meeting at which he informed both Ballyshannon and Bundoran fire crews that funding had became available for a fire station project and that he had accepted the funding and potentially one station would close. We were devastated at the time, and when it was confirmed that Ballyshannon station would close the realisation set in that there was going to be a difficult battle ahead, if this was allowed to happen it could have lead to station closure’s nationally .
Over the last few years, the NRFA and in particular the chairman, Stephen Me Fadden, steadfastly guided us through the process of meetings with management to plead our case and to ensure that we would achieve the outcome that we knew was right. This all culminated in a council meeting on Monday 25th June 2018 where the county councillors unanimously voted against any suggestion of a reduction of fire cover in south Donegal.
Without the support of the NRFA who worked tirelessly with the county councillors and the public, we have no doubt that we would not have got the outcome that we currently have. Donegal County Council have now proposed to put a business plan together to apply to the department for funding to build two new fire stations. It is quite clear that without a functioning national organisation like the NRFA and a very hard- working chairman, we would have had a massive hill to climb. This shows that if we stick together and are represented as a unified and strong voice, we can achieve the type of change we have long sought and to us the future is very bright.Lets stand together and we can achieve more, as has been proven this week.
Kieran Drummond (S O Ballyshannon.)
Paul Kelly (S O Bundoran.)