LOUTH firefighters were among firemen from all over Ireland who were awarded National Long Service Awards at a ceremony in Dublin.
The awards were made for service of twenty and thirty years, almost 20 years to the day on which the inauguration of the awards took place in November 1992.
The Louth firefighters were honoured by having a local monister and Dail deputy present them with their honurs.
Louth Fine Gael deputy Fergus O’Dowd Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, commended the fire service for coping with an ever more diverse and complex range of challenges and referred to the role of continuous training in helping firefighters carry out tasks safely.
“Your work as fire services personnel highlights personal qualities of courage, strength and empathy when giving assistance to people caught up in emergency incidents,” Minister O’Dowd said. “This is the state’s way of honouring local authority fire service personnel for ‘being there’ over all the years, for being prepared to respond to calls for help, at all times, and in all weathers.”
The Minister commended the fire service for coping with an ever more diverse and complex range of challenges and referred to the role of continous training in helping firefighters carrying out tasks safely.
The Louth firefighters to receive National Long Service Awards are:
Thirty years service: Seamus Curtis, firefighter, James Kearney, station officer, Hugh McMahon, station officer, Joseph O’Connor, sub officer, Eamonn Woulfe, chief fire officer.
Twenty years service: sub officers Noel Agnew, Colm Bodigan, Vincent McGuinness, David Teather, Martin Yore.
Firefighters Craig Gibson, Paul Martin, Corine McGeown and John McKevitt.
Louth Local Authorities recently adopted a new agreement with fire services staff which provides for 55 full-time and 16 retained staff to be employed in the county.