Fingal County Council showcased some of the many new additions to its vehicle and equipment fleet in advance of the 2018/2019 Winter Season in the beautiful setting of St. Catherine’s Park in west Fingal.
The timing of the event coincided with the Government’s launch of the ‘Be Winter Ready’ Information Campaign 2018-2019.
The vehicles on show included a DAF Econ Unibody gritting truck with salt spinner and snow plough, two JCB 3CX Backhoe Excavators and two TD105 New Holland Tractors, one with a hydraulically controlled snowplough.
The vehicles will be deployed for use in the Operations Department in areas dealing with salting roads, snow clearance and parks as required during the winter season.
David Storey, Director of Operations at Fingal County Council, said: “We are delighted to unveil the new additions to the fleet at the wonderful St Catherine’s Park amenity. Each year Fingal County Council builds on our knowledge from previous years and the previous winter season has been no exception.”
He said: “Fingal staff have carried out trojan work dealing with storms over the past 12 months such as Emma, Ophelia, Ali and more recently Storm Callum. Here today is a selection of some of our new purchases which will be deployed during the coming winter season. New snow ploughs which can be attached to these large tractors provide the necessary equipment for us to deal with winter season eventualities including heavy snow falls. I would also urge people to visit the Be Winter Ready information website on https://www.winterready.ie ”
Fingal County Council Chief Executive Paul Reid said: “The purchase of this new fleet will undoubtedly help us be ready for any inclement and stormy weather that arrives over the coming months. Building on the great response by our Operations crews in dealing with storms over the past 12 months, we are further enhancing our capacity to respond with the roll-out of this new fleet and equipment as part of our preparation to be winter-ready.”