New fire engine and medals for Newbridge firefighters

Newbridge Fire Station.  20 years Long Service Award to Seamus Potts, Tom Henry, Ger Cawley, Michael Malone, County Manager. Seamus Potts, Michael (Spike) Nolan, Mayor County Kildare. Celina Barrett, Jason Fitzpatrick, Photo. Jimmy Fullam.
A fire fighter who has notched up 20 years of duty in Kildare fire service was presented with a medal on Thursday to mark his years of service.

A fire fighter who has notched up 20 years of duty in Kildare fire service was presented with a medal on Thursday to mark his years of service.

On the same day, keys of a new appliance were handed over.

Newbridge fire fighter Seamus Potts said he always wanted to become a fireman.

“My father Jim Potts was a fireman for 30 years,” he said.

“I always wanted to be one. It has been a great experience and I got a lot of training over the years. There is a lot of tragedy - you have to get used to dealing with it.”

Unlike in the films, however there is no fireman’s pole at Newbridge station due to the fact that it is a retained station so the firemen and women are not required to stay on site.

Meanwhile the keys of the latest appliance, which has been in service since last January, were also officially handed over on Thursday.

Chief fire officer Niall O’Riordan said the new fire engine was funded by government back in 2011.

“We were lucky in the 2011 allocation to get the new appliance,” he said.“We took the oldest appliance off the run and replaced it with the newest. We have five appliances.”

- Paula Campbell