Fire services won’t be joined, manager says

The Kilkenny and Carlow fire services will be “sharing services” but the divisions are not due to be amalgamated, county manager Joe Crockett told members of Kilkenny County Council at their monthly meeting last week.

The Kilkenny and Carlow fire services will be “sharing services” but the divisions are not due to be amalgamated, county manager Joe Crockett told members of Kilkenny County Council at their monthly meeting last week.

“The proposal is not to amalgamate the services broadly; it is to have shared services,” the manager said in response to a query from Cllr John Coonan (FF).

He did say, however, that one of the considerations nationally will be “how management can be shared.”

Mr Crockett said that the proposal under the previous government was “to amalgamate Carlow and Kilkenny councils in their entirety” but that the current proposal is to have a “greater sharing of resources” in a variety of areas.

“Every local authority is now under the obligation to develop shared services as much as they possibly can, particularly in counties that are not being amalgamated,” Mr Crockett said.

He said that nationally the Irish Fire Services “will be bringing forward a model of how services can be shared, in particular how management can be shared,” but that it “will not affect front-line services.”

Cllr Coonan said, however: “Shared services do amalgamate – that is what happens.”