|Stranorlar & Ballybofey Fire Brigade,
At Finn Valley Online, our aim is to cover all aspects of community
life - past and present - throughout the entire Finn Valley area.
When giving the Stranorlar & Ballybofey Fire Service
their well-deserved place on the website, we decided to create a
special section headed 'Groups and Services'.
However, on reflection, we realised that the most vital part of
any service has to be the PEOPLE
behind it...those dedicated men and women who give their time and
energy for the protection of others - such as the Fire and
Ambulance crews...and the Gardai.
Their role is mostly low-profile...keeping in the background of
things, until the day comes when their skill, professionalism, training
and bravery is called for.
This section of the Finn Valley website is dedicated to all
the men who served - and serve with - Stranorlar & Ballybofey
Fire Brigade, from its inception to the present day. We remember
also those who have passed away.
In the words of their colleagues: "To have known
them was a privilege, to have worked alongside them was an
Patsy Patton (Station Officer) and his team, wish to acknowledge
the support and assistance of wives and families of past and
present serving firemen. They also wish to thank the Chief
Fire Officer, Donegal Fire Service, Mr Frank Kerrane and
Assistant Chief Fire Officers, Ms Attracta McKay and
Mr Giovanni Doherty, for their commitment to the improvement
of the Fire Service.
And finally, a special word of thanks must go to Asst. Chief
Fire Officer, Mr Bobby McMenamin, for his huge contribution
over the years. Thank you Bobby!
Here in the Finn Valley, we are indeed fortunate to have a team
of men such as those in Stranorlar Fire Station - helpful and friendly,
but always vigilant. This is their story...reproduced here, largely
from a booklet compiled in 1996 by members of Stranorlar/Ballybofey
Retained Fire Brigade, to commemorate the 50th year of this operational
unit of Donegal Fire Service. Many of the articles featured cover
the early days of Voluntary service, by Firemen, to protect the
community. Some great characters came forward to fill this honourable
role, and at the time, with very limited resources.
The Fire Station, Main Street,
When the County Councils were made responsible for fire fighting
and prevention, Stranorlar/Ballybofey, like other Voluntary Brigades,
became part of the Retained fire-fighting force in the County.
This enabled public funds to be spent on the Brigade, and the Senior
Officers appointed by the Co. Council to provide management, training
and leadership - hence developing it over the years to the present
standard of proficiency.
Every year, the Fire Service holds an Open Week, where local
groups come and visit the Fire Station.
They are shown around the station, fire engine and equipment.
The dangers of fire - and how best to avoid fires - are explained.
Any schools or groups are always made welcome to the station, and
on request, the firemen are pleased to visit any school in the area.
They have a video on 'Fire Safety in the Home' that they
show to the pupils, and talk briefly about Fire Safety.