Clare County Council has signed a construction contract for a major revamp of Kilrush Fire Station worth over €400,000.
The proposed alterations to the station include environmental considerations and future proofing to allow for the transition of the station’s fleet to electric vehicles.
The local authority has signed the contract with Custy Construction Ltd and McKenna Consulting Engineers for the construction of a new two-bay appliance facility as well as general upgrade works to the 25-year-old station.
Included in the two-bay facility will be environmentally friendly initiatives such as the installation of PV panels, rainwater harvesting tanks and insulation to improve energy conservation.
Other aspects of the works include a petrol interceptor which will be installed in the drill yard to prevent containment runoff, and electric vehicle charging points.
Environmental benefit will also be harnessed through the construction of a small power washer shed for the washing of appliances, which will see runoff water flow into the interceptor, and will use water from the rainwater harvesting tanks.
It’s expected the minimum energy performance of nearly zero-emission building standard will be achieved at the facility.
Accessibility is also being prioritised with the provision of disabled access at the main entrance to the building.
The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage has granted approval for the project, which is being funded by the Department through grant aid totalling €425,757.