Donegal County Councillor, David Alcorn, has hailed the efforts of the rescue teams who helped battle the raging fires of the past few days.
“Only for the heroics of the fire crews and the couple of hundred volunteers, we could have had complete devastation,” he said in reference to the Meencross area which he visited on Sunday evening when homes in the locality were placed under threat of the inferno.
“The fires circled around at least six homes in the area and we could have been looking at serious consequences.
“Meenacross chapel is a wooden structure and there would have been complete devastation and destruction had the fires caught hold of the buildings,” said Cllr. Alcorn who extended special praise to the local man Noel Wallace who had brought along a pumping apparatus to aid the rescue effort.
“There were many others like him not just here but throughout the county. The Chief Fire Officer, Bobby McMenamin and his crew worked 36 hours continuously. All of them deserve the greatest of credit for what they did.”
The Burtonport based representative also echoed the calls of M.E.P. Pat the Cope Gallagher for the setting up of an emergency response plan to help deal swiftly and surely with such outbreaks.