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Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service area
Coverage
Area Northern Ireland.
Size 13,843 km²
Population 1,710,300
Operations
HQ Lisburn
Staff 2230
Stations 68
Co-responder No
Chief Fire Officer Colin Lammey
Website Official Site
Fire authority The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Board
Fire engine, Portadown, September 2009

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) is the statutory fire and rescue service for Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. The NIFRS is overseen by the The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Board, which in turn is subordinate to the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services, and Public Safety. NIFRS has a workforce of around 2230 personnel.[1]

There are a total of sixty eight Fire Stations in Northern Ireland, eight of which are full-time, with six that are full-time with part-time backup. Fifty two stations are part time, and one (on Rathlin Island) is crewed by volunteers. The Service is organised into four 'Area Commands'; Western, Southern, Northern and Eastern. The Eastern Area Command covers Greater Belfast.

NIFRS Training Centre is located at Boucher Crescent, South Belfast, whilst NIFRS Headquarters is in the city of Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

NIFRS Firefighters are trained to deal with all types of fire, as well as Road Traffic Collisions (RTCs), building collapses, and various specialist rescues. The Service is also the enforcing authority for fire safety legislation.

As with other fire and rescue services in the UK, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service has been the target of frequent attacks while attending incidents. Typically this ranges from verbal abuse, spitting, young people throwing stones to more serious attacks using petrol bombs and even gun attacks in the past.[2] Until recently, the organisation's name was the Northern Ireland Fire Brigade. The Brigade lost a number of firemen during the Troubles, including one shot while tackling a blaze during the loyalist strike of 1973.[3]

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Statistics

In 2003/04 the NIFB received;

  • 58,834 emergency calls,
  • 36,403 emergency incidents,
  • 6,017 deliberate false calls, 2
  • 14,719 fire safety inspections,
  • 398 people were rescued from RTAs (73 people of which perished),
  • 99% of people surveyed were pleased with the NIFRS service.
Location of NIFB districts

Name Change

New Name for the Northern Ireland Fire Brigade The Northern Ireland Fire Brigade is beginning to use its new name on 4 April 2005 it will now be know as - Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service.

The name change reflects the move away from its sole purpose to just fight fires to its broader role and enhanced capabilities as a modern fire and rescue service, which includes specialist rescue work and a wide range of community fire safety activities.

Colin Lammey, Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said –

“Changing our name from Fire Brigade to Fire & Rescue Service is part of modernisation and the Government’s vision for strengthening and developing the fire service in Northern Ireland.

“Our new name clearly reflects our transition as an organisation from just providing ‘fire cover’, to the provision of holistic ‘emergency cover’ across a wide range of life-threatening situations in Northern Ireland - such as fires, road traffic collisions, collapsed buildings, specialist rescues, chemical spillages etc.

“Public safety is our number one priority and the re-naming underlines the shift in focus from intervention to prevention, which will ultimately save more lives in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service is improving public safety for everyone, through prevention, partnerships and an effective response to a wide range of emergencies.”


The name change is a first step in a phased re-branding of the whole organisation to Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service. In line with the Government’s vision and the proposed new fire legislation, the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service will in time become the single, collective title for both the Fire Authority and the Northern Ireland Fire Brigade. The Fire Authority will essentially become the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service Board.

Until then however the Fire Authority for Northern Ireland remains the body with the statutory responsibility for the provision of fire and rescue services in Northern Ireland and it remains committed to resourcing, supporting and monitoring the new Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.

Colin Lammey, Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service continued –

“The actual roll out of changing our name on fire appliances, uniforms, stationery etc will be a slow, phased approach throughout the coming financial year, to make it non-wasteful and cost effective. Our badge will simply have ‘Fire Brigade’ replaced with ‘Fire & Rescue Service’.

New Name for the Northern Ireland Fire Brigade The Northern Ireland Fire Brigade is today beginning to use its new name – Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service.

The name change reflects the move away from its sole purpose to just fight fires to its broader role and enhanced capabilities as a modern fire and rescue service, which includes specialist rescue work and a wide range of community fire safety activities.

Colin Lammey, Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said–

“Changing our name from Fire Brigade to Fire & Rescue Service is part of modernisation and the Government’s vision for strengthening and developing the fire service in Northern Ireland.

“Our new name clearly reflects our transition as an organisation from just providing ‘fire cover’, to the provision of holistic ‘emergency cover’ across a wide range of life-threatening situations in Northern Ireland - such as fires, road traffic collisions, collapsed buildings, specialist rescues, chemical spillages etc.

“Public safety is our number one priority and the re-naming underlines the shift in focus from intervention to prevention, which will ultimately save more lives in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service is improving public safety for everyone, through prevention, partnerships and an effective response to a wide range of emergencies.”


The name change is a first step in a phased re-branding of the whole organisation to Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service. In line with the Government’s vision and the proposed new fire legislation, the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service will in time become the single, collective title for both the Fire Authority and the Northern Ireland Fire Brigade. The Fire Authority will essentially become the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service Board.

Until then however the Fire Authority for Northern Ireland remains the body with the statutory responsibility for the provision of fire and rescue services in Northern Ireland and it remains committed to resourcing, supporting and monitoring the new Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.

Colin Lammey, Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service continued –

“The actual roll out of changing our name on fire appliances, uniforms, stationery etc will be a slow, phased approach throughout the coming financial year, to make it non-wasteful and cost effective. Our badge will simply have ‘Fire Brigade’ replaced with ‘Fire & Rescue Service’.

See also

References

Name Change for the Northern Ireland Fire Brigade

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Simple English

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) is the fire service for Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. 2000 people work for the NIFRS.[1] There are 67 fire stations in Northern Ireland. Sometimes bad people throw stones at the firemen.[2] Some firemen were killed in the Troubles.[3]

References

  1. Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service
  2. Firefighters targeted in attacks
  3. The United Loyalist Council Strike, 7 February 1973

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