NIFRS is divided into 4 operational Command Areas – Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western. Area Commander, each responsible for one of the 4 Area Commands, manage operational activity on a day to day basis and report to the Deputy Chief Fire Officer. The 4 Area Commands are supported by 14 Districts, strategically placed across Northern Ireland and which create a community focus for NIFRS activities. District Command are responsible for the Fire Stations in their District.
There are 68 Fire Stations throughout Northern Ireland serving their local community. The map below shows the locations of NIFRS Area and District Commands and each of the Fire Stations across NI.
NIFRS Headquarters is situated in Lisburn, Co. Antrim and the Fire & Rescue Training Centre is currently situated at Boucher Crescent, Belfast.
Firefighters either work as Wholetime (Full-time) or Retained (Part-time) Firefighters. Wholetime Firefighters are based at Fire Stations in the larger towns and cities throughout Northern Ireland and are organised into Watches (shifts) to crew Fire Stations 24 hours a day.
Retained Firefighters live and work in their local town or village and respond to emergency calls in their area, when alerted by a beeper, by making their way to their local Fire Station to meet the rest of the crew and respond to the incident. Retained Firefighters have other jobs but live and work no more than 5 minutes away from the Fire Station to enable them to respond to emergency calls within minutes.