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NIFRS now recruiting for Community Firefighters

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Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) has launched a recruitment drive for Community (Part-Time) Firefighters in 16 Fire Stations across Northern Ireland.

NIFRS wants to recruit people who can respond to the relevant Fire Station within 5 minutes of being alerted by pager. Community Firefighters help protect the local community and 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 the local community.

Gary Thompson, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service explains: “Simply put, NIFRS could not operate without our Community Firefighters as they provide the emergency fire & rescue services to local towns and villages across Northern Ireland.

“It is an extremely rewarding and interesting job. Community Firefighters must be able to quickly respond to emergency call outs by making their way to the 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 Community Firefighter system by allowing their employees to become Community Firefighters. Hundreds of local employers across Northern Ireland employ Community Firefighters, benefiting by having someone on site who has developed a wide range of skills and experience including the ability to work as part of a team. NIFRS greatly appreciates the support of local employers in helping provide the best possible fire and rescue service.

“Community Firefighters are paid a retaining fee, emergency call out payments and a payment to attend a weekly drill night which is 2 hours per week in the evening. Community Firefighters are trained to the highest standards and take part in 12 days training each year to ensure we have the most highly skilled Firefighters to help protect our local communities.”

Recruitment Information nights are being held at each Fire Station that is recruiting and application packs can be downloaded from the NIFRS website – www.nifrs.org/careers

We value our people and are committed to the principle of equal treatment for all applicants for employment irrespective of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, religion or political opinion.

NIFRS is currently under represented by females and applications from this group are particularly welcome. Appointment will be made solely on merit.

Closing date for applications is Friday 22 April 2016 at 3.00pm

Fire Stations which are now recruiting for Community Firefighters are Antrim, Ballymoney, Carrickfergus, Coleraine, Glengormely, Larne, Whitehead, Ballynahinch, Comber, Donaghadee, Downpatrick, Newtownards, Newtownhamilton, Dungannon, Enniskillen and Limavady.

Recruitment Information Nights:

Station Information Nights Time
Antrim Wednesday 6 April or 13 April 2016 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Ballymoney Thursday 7 April or 14 April 2016 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Carrickfergus Monday 4 April or 11 April 2016 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Coleraine Tuesday 5 April or 12 April 2016 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Glengormley Thursday 7 April or 14 April 2016 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Larne Wednesday 6 April or 13 April 2016 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Whitehead Tuesday 5 April or 12 April 2016 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Ballynahinch Tuesday 5 April or 12 April 2016 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Comber Thursday 7 April or 14 April 2016 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Donaghadee Thursday 7 April or 14 April 2016 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Downpatrick Wednesday 6 April or 13 April 2016 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Newtownards Tuesday 5 April or 12 April 2016 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Newtownhamilton Thursday 7 April or 14 April 2016 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Dungannon Saturday 16 April 2016 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm
Enniskillen Thursday 7 April 2016 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm
Limavady Wednesday 13 April 2016 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm

 

Closing date for applications is Friday 22 April 2016 at 3pm.   Aptitude tests and interviews will take place in May/June 2016. It is anticipated that the new Community Firefighters will be appointed to post in October 2016.

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