The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) Board appointed Lowry Brothers Limited as the new contractor to complete the £3.5 million project after work was suspended in late 2012 due to the collapse of the then main contractor, the Patton Group. The Project supported local sub-contracts and suppliers which added to the community element of the Fire Station.
The newly constructed station will not just be a state of the art Fire Station it will also be a hub of the Western Area Command. The new Station will provide a key operational and administrative service, onsite fire-fighter training, transport and engineering workshops and will provide a dedicated community engagement facility with a strong focus on fire, road and community safety activity.
The station was designed by HLM Architects in Belfast, taking inspiration and lessons from some of the best fire stations and training facilities across Ireland and the UK. HLM Architects were working to achieve a very specific U-Value of 0.02 W/m².K on the Omagh Fire Station project. This led them to using Kingspan Kooltherm® K8 Cavity Board, Kooltherm® K12 Framing Board & Styrozone which offered the best U-Values while providing excellent customer service with the backing of a reputable brand they could trust.
The Fire Station is the first of a series of innovative prototypical stations which can change to meet the needs and operational requirements of each individual site. In 2013 Fire-fighters from the Omagh Station attended 372 incidents, the new fire station will provide the space and training facilities that is needed to deal with the wide range in incidents that occur in the community and surrounding areas.
The end result is a district headquarters with a fire station housing six fire appliances, offering operational resilience for major incidences across the area. This new Omagh Fire Station is a great facility which will be able to grow and change with the community.
Photograph courtesy of Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service