6 October 2022
Health Minister Robin Swann has officially reopened the newly-refurbished Larne Fire Station following a capital investment of £1.25million.
The station, in Agnew Street, was built in 1959 and work began in January 2021 to update the site,
During his visit, the Minister toured the building and met some of the 22 On-Call Firefighters based at the station.
Minister Swann, said:
“I want to congratulate and thank all those involved in the major refurbishment of Larne Fire Station.
“I was very impressed with what I saw on my guided tour of the station and I’m sure this new facility will enable NIFRS to continue to provide a high standard of service to the local community while ensuring a safe and comfortable environment for staff and visitors.
“Firefighters are highly trained and equipped with an extensive set of skills and capabilities. I am grateful for the work they do, often in dangerous and challenging situations, as well as their tremendous and tireless dedication to public safety.”
During the refurbishment work, the On-Call Firefighters operated temporarily from Port of Larne Business Park, continuing to respond to all types of incidents including fires, road traffic collisions, marine incidents and a wide range of special service calls.
NIFRS Interim Chief Fire & Rescue Officer Andy Hearn, said:
“Today is a day to recognise and say thank you to the 22 On-Call Firefighters in Larne. They have served their community with such dedication and commitment over the last number of years and I would like to commend them for it. These facilities have been designed to ensure that our Firefighters can carry out the training they need to ensure they are prepared to deal with incidents in their area.
“I would like to extend my thanks to Minister Swann for this investment. The funding has helped to support and enhance our emergency response in the local Larne area as well as across the Northern Area Command.
“I would also like to thank our Facilities and Assets Department, the design team and the contractors in delivering a building of the highest standards. Well done and thank you to everyone involved including the families of our Firefighters, their employers and to the local community for their support for their Fire & Rescue Service in helping make Northern Ireland a safer place.”
Carmel McKinney OBE, Chairperson of NIFRS, said:
“This is a special day for NIFRS and for the local community in Larne. I would like to thank the local Firefighters of Larne for their patience, resilience and dedication whilst working from temporary facilities and continuing to provide an essential service to their community. Your efforts to ensure you continued to serve the people of Larne and further afield have not gone unnoticed. Today we take time to thank you and recognise your commitment to protecting your local community. I have no doubt that this new building has already made an enhanced contribution to the safety of the Larne community and further afield.
“On behalf of the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Board I would also like to thank Minister Swann and his Department for this vital investment into Larne Fire Station. This is a noble day for our Service and this investment will not only help keep the local community safe but it will also improve the safety of our Firefighters who work and live here in the local area.”