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Reappointment of Non-Executive Chair to the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

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Health Minister Robin Swann, has announced the reappointment of the Non-Executive Chair of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS).

Ms Carmel McKinney, OBE has been reappointed from 1 July 2020 to a date not later than 30 June 2023. The Non-Executive Chair role attracts a remuneration of £26,747 per annum and carries a time commitment of 2.5 to 3 days per week.

This appointment has been made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.

The NIFRS Board comprises a Non-Executive Chairperson, the Chief Fire & Rescue Officer and 10 Non-Executive Members. On a day-to-day basis NIFRS is managed by its Corporate Management Team (CMT).

NIFRS is divided into four operational Command Areas – Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western. An Area Commander, each responsible for one of the four Area Commands, manages operational activity on a day to day basis. The four Area Commands are supported by 14 Districts, strategically placed across Northern Ireland and which create a community focus for NIFRS activities. District Command is responsible for the Fire Stations in their District. There are 68 Fire Stations throughout Northern Ireland serving their local community.

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