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Lobbying to continue for South Armagh ambulance base

Lobbying will continue to provide an ambulance base in South Armagh.

And, at the same time, a meeting is to be held to give all interested parties an update in the First Responder service in the area.

SF Cllr Barra O Muirí said they would continue to make the case, along with the local community, for an Ambulance Sub station.

“It could be located centrally in the Silverbridge area or, as has been the case in many areas across this jurisdiction, ambulance provision could be co-located in an existing fire station,” he suggested.

“We have fire stations at Newtownhamilton and Crossmaglen, and either, I believe, would be acceptable.”

Slieve Gullion Cllr Terry Hearty confirmed that, at the recent Newry & Mourne Heath Committee, it was agreed Newry Council would help facilitate a public meeting, involving any interested individuals, community, voluntary and sporting groups, the Ambulance Service and any other appropriate agency, which would discuss the First Responders scheme.

“A Rapid Response Vehicle was installed in Crosmaglen Fire Station in Feburary 2013,” he explained.

“”This meeting will help move on this specific initiative, which has been supported by all elected representatives. It will give all interested an insight into the process of the First Responder Service and address issues of concern, such as insurance.”

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