Carlow Fire Service attended a total of 522 calls for the Period January 1 to November 1 of this year.
January to November 2018 has been a "very busy period" for Carlow Fire and Rescue Service and Building Control, according to a report by Carlow County Council's Director of Services, Dan McInerney.
From a Fire Service Operations perspective, primarily as a result of the extended dry weather during the Summer of 2018, Carlow Fire Service attended a total of 522 calls for the Period January 1 to November 1 of this year.
This represents a 144% increase on the number of calls for the same period during 2017 where Carlow Fire Service attended a total of 363 callouts.
Carlow Fire Service were also tasked during the extended dry weather to assist in the replenishing of water supplies to reservoirs around the county which had become depleted as a result of the drought.
The increase in the number of fire calls and rendering assistance with the provision of drinking water was assisted by the fact that in May 2018, Carlow Town Fire Brigade also got a state of the art 9,000 litre water tanker.
The water tanker was manufactured locally by High Precision Motor Products Ltd. in Tullow and has "exceeded expectations in terms of performance and build quality".
The Local Authority Performance Indicator Report 2017 carried out by NOAC (National Oversight and Audit Commission) which was published in September 2018 highlighted the fact that Carlow Fire Authority had the lowest cost per capita for the entire country at €30.07 per head of population.
This compares "very favourably" when compared against the national average of €57.74 per capita and represents "excellent value for money for the citizens of County Carlow".