Fire safety partnership with islands renewed by council
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.
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.