Bookmark and Share
02/04/2012

NI's Chief Fire Officer Announces His Retirement

The Chief Fire Officer for Northern Ireland, Peter Craig, has announced that he is to retire after over 35 years of distinguished Service.

Peter Craig is one of the longest serving officers in Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service and was appointed as Chief Fire Officer in February 2011, having been the acting Chief from July 2010.

With over 3 decades of service in protecting the community in Northern Ireland, Peter is nationally and internationally recognised as a strong, tireless advocate for Community Safety and Prevention. He is credited with ensuring that Northern Ireland has one of the highest smoke alarm ownerships in the UK and that fire deaths are reducing year on year.

Peter Craig, Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said: "Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service will always be a big part of me and I am so proud to have served and protected our community over the years with such committed and courageous colleagues. That has been an honour in itself.

"As Chief Fire Officer it has been an absolute privilege to lead an organisation that saves lives and protects the public - an organisation of which I am personally extremely proud. After over 35 years’ service to the public, I am looking forward to my retirement and all the new life adventures that it will bring for my family and me.

"Like every other public body we face many challenges ahead but I am confident that Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service will rise to them and continue to deliver a world class fire and rescue service to ensure the people of Northern Ireland remain safe and also proud of their Firefighters."

Dr Joe McKee, Chairman of the NIFRS Board said: "On behalf of the NIFRS Board, I would want to thank publicly Peter Craig for his contribution to making Northern Ireland a safer place.

"His credentials and proven track record speak clearly for themselves. As the highest ranking fire officer and Chief Executive of the Fire & Rescue Service, he has brought an unrivalled wealth of knowledge and experience to this important job - leading what is a very highly regarded and essential public service.

"Following his retirement announcement, the NIFRS Board will now make arrangements for his succession in June 2012"

(GK)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

17 July 2001
ASSEMBLY CREATE AWARD TO HONOUR FIRE SERVICE
THE Northern Ireland Fire Service is to receive the first ever award given by the province's devolved assembly. An illuminated scroll is to be presented to Chief Fire Officer John McClelland on Tuesday, by assembly speaker Lord Alderdice in tribute to the sacrifice made by fire fighters over the years.
27 March 2002
Northern Ireland fire chief steps down after 32 years
Northern Ireland’s Chief Fire Officer, John McClelland, has announced that he is to retire.
20 July 2010
UK-Born Limerick Fireman Compensated
An English-born firefighter has been awarded €5,000 in compensation for discrimination by Limerick City Council. An Equality Tribunal heard Martin Mannering, now living in Cappamore, Co Limerick was left a note to leave his job because he was no longer "in Middlesbrough".
08 September 2014
NIFRS Warning Over Chimney Fires
The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) is reminding the public of the dangers of chimney fires, after it attended 1,762 such fires last year, representing just over 7% of all incidents in 2013. Chimney Fire Safety Week begins today, and the NIFRS is reminding the public to ensure chimneys are swept and cleaned regularly.
22 November 2011
Newcastle Fire Station Replacement Discussed
Newcastle Alliance Councillor Patrick Clarke has held a site meeting at the former Newcastle College site at Donard Street in Newcastle with the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service. The meeting was requested by Newcastle Alliance Councillor Patrick Clarke.
17 September 2014
Community Fire Station Opens In Omagh
Public Safety Minister Edwin Poots has opened a new £4.4m Community Fire Station in Omagh, County Tyrone. The new Community Fire Station & District Headquarters on the Killybrack Road includes onsite facilities for firefighter training and transport and engineering workshops.
30 July 2003
Minister outlines plans for NI fire service
Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Angela Smith has said she intends to publish plans outlining a new future for Northern Ireland's fire service later this year. The Minister announced her plans during a visit to the Northern Ireland Fire Brigade Training Centre in Belfast today.
13 August 2012
'Culture Of Fear' For Firefighters At Work
Staff at the Northern Ireland Fire Service are working in a "culture of fear and mistrust", a report has found. An investigation carried out by the Department of Health also highlighted unauthorised bonuses and outstanding grievances as causes for concern in the organization.
26 July 2011
Community Fire Station Planned For Omagh
The public's views are being sought on a proposal to build a new integrated Community Fire Station and District Headquarters for the people of Omagh. Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) wants to get the views on the building that would be constructed on the current site of its District Headquarters on the Killybrack Road.
07 October 2010
Ireland-wide Fire Safety Week Underway
Ireland is 'going to blazes' as National Fire Safety Week takes place this week.
05 September 2007
Inspection Report On The Fire And Rescue Service Welcomed
Public Safety Minister Michael McGimpsey has praised the performance of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS).
12 January 2015
Reduction In House Fires During 2014
2014 saw a reduction of the number of house fires and accidental fire deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS). Figures show there was a total of 966 accidental dwelling fires in 2013 and that this was reduced by 43 to 923 in 2014.
18 August 2014
Investigation Into South Belfast Fire
An investigation has been launched into a fire at a former primary school in south Belfast. The Fire Service confirmed they were called to the blaze at the school on School Road in Newtownbreda at about 22:00 on Sunday. It is understood the building was badly damaged in the fire.
01 February 2008
Dunmurry Gets 'Temporary' Fire Station
A new kind of fire station has been opened in a suburb of Belfast. Said to enhance community fire safety work and overall emergency cover in the greater Dunmurry area, the 'temporary', 'part-time' station is now operational.
11 August 2008
Minister Condemns Attacks On Fire Crews
Attacks on fire crews place their lives in danger and put communities at risk, said Public Safety Minister Michael McGimpsey today. Condemning a further spate of attacks on firefighters in Dungannon and Londonderry over the weekend, the Minister said it was absolutely unacceptable for anyone to assault emergency workers.