Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service recruiting part-time firefighters in 15 NI stations

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) is recruiting for On-Call Firefighters in 15 Fire Stations across Northern Ireland, including Banbridge, Keady, Crossmaglen and Newry.

On-Call Firefighters are part-time Firefighters who keep their local community safe by responding to emergency incidents, including fires, road traffic collisions and other specialist service calls. They also play a crucial role in providing safety advice to their local community.

NIFRS is recruiting people who live or work within 5 minutes of the following stations – Ballycastle, Banbridge, Carryduff, Comber, Crossmaglen, Crumlin, Donaghadee, Enniskillen, Holywood, Keady, Limavady, Lisnaskea, Newry, Newtownards and Whitehead.

Brian Stanfield, Area Commander, NIFRS said:  “Being a Firefighter isn’t a job, it’s a vocation- it’s an interesting and rewarding role, allowing you to serve your local community and keep them safe.

“NIFRS simply could not operate without our On-Call Firefighters as they provide emergency fire and rescue services to their local communities 24/7. On-Call Firefighters must be able to quickly respond to emergencies by making their way to the Fire Station within 5 minutes when alerted by pager, where they will meet the rest of their crew.”

He added that local employers had an equally important role to play in allowing their staff to become On-Call Firefighters.

“Hundreds of local employers across Northern Ireland employ On-Call Firefighters, benefiting them by having someone on site who has developed a wide range of skills and experience”, he said.

“NIFRS greatly appreciates the support of local employers in helping provide the best possible fire and rescue service.”

On-Call 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.

Mr Stanfield stated: “Our On-Call 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.”

Candidates can apply online and download application packs here.

The closing date for applications is Friday 11 February 2022.

Virtual open evenings will be held on:

  • Tuesday 1 February- 7.30pm-9pm
  • Wednesday 9 February- 7.30pm-9pm.

These open evenings will be held on Zoom and will provide further information on the On-Call recruitment process. If you’re interested in attending either of the open evenings please e-mail by Tuesday 1 February at 12 noon and advise which evening you would like to attend.

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