Formal handover of new LS11A1 to Chief Fire Officer Declan Power by Noel Howard Managing Director of HPMP Fire. Pic: Laois County Fire and Rescue Service
The response to fire and other life threatening emergencies in Laois has been boosted with the official commissioning of a new €350,000 fire tender.
Noel Howard, Managing Director or the Tullow-based High Precision Motor Products Fire, was in Portlaoise today, Friday, May 18, to officially hand over the keys to the new LS11A1 tender to members of the Laois County Fire and Rescue Service.
The new vehicle will be based at Portlaoise Fire Station but has been readied and put through its paces over the past two weeks. It was already deployed on a trial runs attending a road traffic accident.
It is six years since a new tender went into operation in Laois.
Declan Power, Chief Fire Officer, welcomed the vehicle to the service and said it would be put to good use.
"It is absolutely needed. We have two motorways and the N80 and N77 which means we have a significant volume of traffic flowing through the county," he said.
Mr Power said a Portlaoise tender will now transfer to Rathdowney. He said the new vehicle has been fully funded by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
The vehicle officialy goes into operation on the day of its handover and should be a welcome addition who put their lives on the line every day.