Call for fire hydrant location update

Inishowen County Councillor Nicholas Crossan has requested that Donegal County Council provide an update on all current fire hydrant locations and available sources of water for fire services in the county.

Councillor Crossan submitted the motion in response to a recent house fire in Manorcunningham.

He told the ‘Journal’ he how during the incident, the fire brigade, “through no fault of their own” had difficulty locating the hydrant as the land on which it was located had become overgrown.

They then sourced water to extinguish the fire from a nearby river, which, said Colr. Crossan “added on an extra five minutes or so.”

Councillor Crossan urged the Council to update and locate where all the fire hydrants in the county are based and ensure they are easily accessible.

He also asked them to look into the possibility of providing a computerised system, which would be available to all brigades when they are called to a fire.

He said: “In other areas, there are computerised systems in place, where each brigade is able to pinpoint exactly where a hydrant is. The location is established and then the nearest hydrant or water source is located. For example, if the fire is at house number 33, they know the hydrant is at number 44.

“In these days of computers and sat navs, there is no reason in the world why Donegal couldn’t have an updated system like this available.”

Colr Crossan said while local stations and personnell are very much aware of where the sources are in their own locality, problems may arise when they are called to attend fires outside their own area.

He said: “The chief fire officer in Buncrana knows each location in the town and surrounding areas. But, sometimes stations are called to attend in other areas and lands may be overgrown with hydrants hard to locate. This is where this system would work best. Our fire service in Donegal is doing absolutely fantastic work and anything which would make it any easier for them and which is beneficial to people around the county is definitely worth looking into.”

Councillor Crossan added: “I’m just asking the Council to provide an updated list of the water sources for our service so that they know exactly where they can find them at any location in the county.”

There are three fire stations in Inishowen, in Buncrana, Carndonagh and Moville.