It is the responsibility of the NIFRS Board to give strategic leadership to the implementation of the significant changes which will flow from The Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 and to ensure that Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service is resourced to meet its challenges. The Board is also responsible for providing fire and rescue services across the province and is funded by the Department of Health.
The Board comprises a non-executive Chair, the Chief Fire & Rescue Officer and 10 non-executive Members, 4 of whom are District Councillors.
The NIFRS Board normally meets bi-monthly in the Boardroom at NIFRS Headquarters, 1 Seymour Street, Lisburn and these Meetings are open to the public.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is placing an unprecedented and dynamic set of challenges on individuals and organisations across the UK and beyond. The NIFRS Board is following national guidelines and this has had an immediate impact on how we will conduct our business in the short term.
For the foreseeable future, all essential business of the NIFRS Board or its Committees will conducted via video or telephone conference with participating Members and senior officers dialing in from various locations. As a result, there will be no facilities for stakeholders or members of the public to attend and observe our Board Meetings. Minutes of any Board Meetings will be published once approved.
An Ordinary Meeting of the NIFRS Board is scheduled for Tuesday, 30 June 2020.
As you will appreciate, this is an unprecedented situation and we hope to be able to revert to business as usual as soon as possible when it is safe to do so.