Fire safety part­ner­ship with is­lands re­newed by coun­cil

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A ‘fire safety part­ner­ship’ in­volv­ing Cork County Coun­cil and the West Cork Is­lands Com­mu­nity Coun­cil has been re­newed.

County Mayor, De­clan Hur­ley, said the project in­volves the pro­vi­sion of fire safety equip­ment in all res­i­dences on the seven in­hab­ited is­lands.

They are Oleáin Ch­léire, Bere, Sherkin, Whiddy, Heir, Long and Dursey.

The De­part­ment of Arts, Her­itage, Gaeltacht and The Is­lands has also been in­vited by the county coun­cil to as­sist with fund­ing for the home safety scheme.

Mayor Hur­ley said, ef­fec­tively, the pro­posal is ev­ery is­land home will have the op­por­tu­nity to have a fire ex­tin­guisher (2kg dry pow­der), two smoke detectors with 10-year bat­ter­ies, a car­bon monox­ide alarm and a fire blan­ket sup­plied and fit­ted.

Man­aged by the is­lands’ com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives and de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cers, ev­ery home­owner will be asked what equip­ment is re­quired by them.


The West Cork-based mayor said the coun­cil’s over­rid­ing pri­or­ity was keep­ing com­mu­ni­ties safe from fire risks.

With more than 90% of fire deaths in Ire­land oc­cur­ring in a do­mes­tic set­ting, Cllr Hur­ley said the coun­cil will also pro­vide safety ad­vice.

The project, he said, has been costed in the re­gion of €44,000, which equates to ap­prox­i­mately €110 per fam­ily home on the is­lands.

It is en­vis­aged the equip­ment will be in­stalled in each is­land dwelling be­fore the Christ­mas pe­riod.

His­tor­i­cally, the three-way part­ner­ship be­tween the is land com­mu­ni­ties, the county coun­cil and the de­part­ment dates to 2001 when the lo­cal au­thor­ity pro­posed the idea.

The county coun­cil, mean­while, is hope­ful the de­part­ment will come on board to sup­port the project.

In the past, the coun­cil’s fire ser­vice has pro­vided sem­i­nars on the is­lands, giv­ing demon­stra­tions and train­ing in the use of fire ex­tin­guish­ers and other equip­ment.

Pic­ture: Tony McEl­hin­ney

John Walsh, Bere Is­land; Cor­mac Daly, se­nior ex­ec­u­tive fire of­fi­cer; Ais­ling Mo­ran, West Cork Is­lands de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer; Mayor of County Cork, De­clan Hur­ley; MairtínÓ Mealóid, Oleáin Ch­léire; Tim O’Leary, Whiddy and Rob­bie Mur­phy, Sherkin.

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