Sod turned on new BJD fire station

Completion has been provisionally earmarked for late 2022

The council turned the sod this week at the site of the brand-new €1.5 million Fire Station in the town of Ballyjamesduff.

Earlier this year the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management at the Department of Housing, Local Government, and Heritage gave approval to the local authority to accept a successful tender allowing the project to proceed.

Completion has been provisionally earmarked for late 2022, depending on the developing situation with regard to Covid-19.

Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Fianna Fail's Clifford Kelly, joined Chair of the Ballyjamesduff Municipal District, Fine Gael's Trevor Smith, in the formal sod turning at a site at Derrylurgan, Rassan Road.

The state-of-the-art new two-bay fire station will include a drill tower, drill yard, parking areas. This latest positive development follows the opening of the brand-new Virginia Fire Station in 2019 and will complete the modernisation of County Cavan’s ten fire stations.

At the time of approval being granted Chief Executive of Cavan County Council, Tommy Ryan, said the provision of a new station in Ballyjamesduff was a “key strategic action” in the authority's Corporate Plan, which aimed to support and maintain a well-trained Fire Service.

“We are very proud of the efforts of our firefighters to keep their communities safe,” he said.

Chief Fire Officer Noel O’Reilly meanwhile hailed the combined effort of all in bringing the project through to fruition, following a delay of many years.

He said: “I applaud all those who have assisted the project so far and advocated for its success.”