On Friday, 12 April there was a gathering at Youghal Fire Station to mark the occasion of the retirement of firefighter, Damien O’Brien, who has retired as Leading Firefighter after 15 years of service. In attendance was his wife Aoife and their two children, along with the current crew and past members all of whom have worked alongside Damien during his tenure. Representatives from Ardmore and Midleton Fire Services were also in present.
Youghal Fire Station Officer, Terry Hurton who has been working as a Fireman in Youghal for the last 27 years said, “Damo will be missed by all the crew. He’s been a reliable and loyal member of the team here at the Station and I’d like to thank him on behalf of all of us here, and the community, for his diligent work during his time.”
Damien was presented with a Plaque bearing a fireman’s axe and Terry and the crew wished him the best for his future, reminding him to call in to visit from time to time.
Damien thanked everyone for the Plaque and for a wonderful 15 years of friendship. He said he had made a load of friends, enjoyed the good times with the crew, and didn’t regret a single minute of his time there. He went on to say “The position of fireman requires great commitment and is a huge opportunity for the right replacement who will love the job as much as I have.”
Cork County Council is currently advertising for the position of Retained Firefighter in Youghal Station. The basic requirements are that applicants are aged between 18-55 years. They must also work and reside within 2 miles of the station. Those with health conditions such asthma, diabetes mellitus, cardiac disease, epilepsy, obesity, vertigo and others that may render them incapable of competently carrying out all the varied duties of a Firefighter, will be excluded. Details of further requirements and restrictions can be found on the Cork County Council website.