Portadown fire station in appeal for part-time firefighters

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PORTADOWN and Lurgan fire stations are holding information nights as they seek to recruit retained (part-time) firefighters.

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

NIFRS wants to recruit people who live and work within a five-minute radius of Portadown and Lurgan Fire Stations 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.

John Allen, Southern Area Commander, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service explains, “Simply put, NIFRS could not operate without our retained firefighters as they provide the emergency fire and rescue services to the communities in which they live and work.

“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 five 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.

“Retained firefighters are paid an attractive monthly retaining fee, plus drill night attendance, emergency call out fees, as well as annual holiday leave. Retained firefighters are trained to the highest standards and throughout their careers attend a weekly drill night (two hours per week) to receive continuous safety and operational training ensuring we have the most highly skilled Firefighters to help protect our local communities.”

Fire Stations will be holding information nights to give interested applicants more information on the recruitment process and what the job entails. Portadown Fire Station, Information Nights, Thursday, February 14 7.30pm – 9.30pm and Saturday, February 23 10am – 2pm. Application Packs are available from: Portadown Fire Station, Thomas Street, Thursday nights between 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Cascades Leisure Centre, 51 Thomas Street, Portadown Library, 24-26 Church Street

Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre, Lakeview Road, Craigavon, Portadown District Headquarters, Thomas Street.

Lurgan Fire Station, Information Nights, Tuesday, February 19 7 – 9pm and Saturday, March 2 10am – 2pm.