04/02/2013

NIFRS Launch Major Recruitment Drive

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) has launched a major recruitment drive for Retained (part-time) Firefighters in 37 Fire Stations across Northern Ireland and is encouraging more females and those from ethnic minority backgrounds to apply.

NIFRS wants to recruit people who live and work within a 5 minute radius of their local Fire Station to become Retained Firefighters and help protect their local community. Retained Firefighters respond to emergency incidents including fires, road traffic collisions and other specialist service calls such as chemical spills, collapsed buildings and other types of rescues. They also play a crucial role in providing safety advice and assistance in their local community.

Chris Kerr, Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said: "Simply put, NIFRS could not operate without our Retained Firefighters as they provide the emergency fire & rescue services to the communities in which they live and work.
News Image
"Retained Firefighters make up over half the total number of Firefighters in Northern Ireland and in this recruitment campaign we are encouraging more females and those from ethnic minority backgrounds to consider this as a viable career option. We currently have 21 Retained Female Firefighters and Retained Firefighters from a variety of ethnic minority backgrounds and we are keen to see more females and ethnic minority groups applying.

"It is an extremely rewarding and interesting job and Retained Firefighters must be able to quickly respond to emergency call outs by making their way to their local Fire Station within 5 minutes, where they will meet the rest of their crew.

"Local employers have an equally important role to play in the success of the Retained Firefighter system by allowing their employees to become Retained Firefighters. Hundreds of local employers across Northern Ireland employ Retained Firefighters, benefiting by having someone on site professionally trained to respond to a range of emergency incidents and who can advise on fire safety in their own business. NIFRS greatly appreciates the support of local employers in helping provide the best possible fire and rescue service."

(CD)

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

14 January 2020
'Breakthrough' £30m Pay Offer For Health Unions
A 'breakthrough' offer for salary parity has been tabled to health unions in Northern Ireland, the Health Minister has confirmed. Robin Swann said the offer comes after some very difficult days for local health services as he set out the terms to the newly formed Assembly.
14 January 2020
UUP: Flybe 'Crucial' To NI Activity
Flybe is crucially important to the connectivity of Northern Ireland, Ulster Unionist Leader Steve Aiken has warned. The UK Government is under pressure to save the commercial airline amid fears of the company's collapse due to rising losses. Flybe operates 14 routes from Belfast City Airport, more than is offered by any other airline.
16 January 2020
Health Unions Suspend Industrial Action
Health unions in Northern Ireland have suspended their strike action after talks with the Department of Health. In one of the first decisive moves for the newly-restored Stormont Executive, health workers have been allocated extra funds for salary parity with England and delivered promises on safe staffing levels.
16 January 2020
One In Five Cancer Diagnoses Via Emergency
One fifth of cancer patients in Northern Ireland were given their diagnosis through an emergency assessment, a new report has revealed. Some 46,068 people were informed they had cancer between 2012 and 2016, one fifth of which had an emergency route to diagnosis.
02 April 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.