New Ambulance Base To Begin Operations In Spring

The new ambulance base planned for West Roscommon and East Mayo is set to commence operations in Spring, according to timeframes received by Fine Gael TD for Roscommon/South Leitrim , Frank Feighan.

He said: "As has been previously announced, agreement has already been received in principle between the National Ambulance Service (NAS) and the Office of Public Works (OPW) to use the former Garda Station in Loughglynn.

"This agreement is now being formalised through the HSE and involves technical issues associated with taking charge of the building.

"This has included a technical inspection of the building and ensuring that all planning and fire certificate issues are addressed. Preparations also involve fit out, information technology and communications, and I understand that a licensing arrangement will be the format used through the OPW at a nominal cost.

"I have been informed that the whole process is set to be completed by the end of March 2013, which will allow the ambulance service to commence operations on a phased basis before progressing to 24/7.

"Understandably, no specific operational date can be confirmed at this time because the current timeframe is subject to ongoing discussions on work practice changes with the trade unions under the auspices of the PSA."


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