Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Organisational Information & Structure

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) serves the entire population of Northern Ireland, an area of over 5,500 square miles, with a population of 1.81 million, providing them with a range of fire and rescue services.

Corporate Management Team

Chief Fire Officer Gary Thompson
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alan Walmsley
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dale Ashford
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Michael Graham
Director of Finance Josephine Kelly
Director of Planning, Performance & Governance Liz Cuddy
Director of Human Resources David Moore

Operational Structure

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.

NIFRS Personnel

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.

 

Emergency cover is provided by a current establishment of:
  • 917 Wholetime (Full-time) Firefighters
  • 994 Retained (Part-time) Firefighters
  • 12 Volunteer Firefighters
  • 58 Regional Control Centre Staff (who answer the 999 emergency calls)
  • 208 Support Staff (plus 53 part-time caretakers)

 

NIFRS has 68 Fire Stations across Northern Ireland:

  • 45 Retained (Part-time Firefighters respond to calls when alerted)
  • 7 Wholetime (Full-time Firefighters on station 24hrs a day)
  • 7 Wholetime/Retained (Mixture of Full-time and Part-time Firefighters)
  • 7 Variable Crewed (Full-time Firefighters on station from 11am-11pm; Retained Firefighters provide back up when required during core hours and respond to emergencies first outside core hours)
  • 1 Wholetime (Defined Hours)
  • 1 Volunteer (Rathlin Rescue Station is manned by Volunteer Firefighters who live on Rathlin Island)
  • 112 Frontline Fire Appliances (not including reserves or training)

 

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