Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Celebrating Success at Employee Awards

Photo Caption – Chief Fire & Rescue Officer, Gary Thompson, presents T/Watch Commander, Terry Canning with the overall Chief Fire & Rescue Officer’s Award. 


The achievements of Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service employees – both Operational and Support staff- were recognised at the NIFRS Employee Awards last night (Tuesday 21 November).

Among the Winners were T/Watch Commander, Terry Canning who was awarded the Chief Fire & Rescue Officer’s Award for his actions at the Boston Marathon earlier this year when he stopped to help another runner in distress.

Lurgan Fire Station were the winners of the Outstanding Achievement by a Team for their role in the Emergency Medical Response Pilot.  Audrey Harvey, Capital Accounting Technician won the Outstanding Achievement by an Individual. T/Assistant Group Commander David Harbinson won the Chairperson’s Community Award.

Other Awards presented on the night included 5 prestigious Chief Fire & Rescue Officer Commendations for Firefighter Cathal Donnelly and Firefighter Peter Cassidy for a water rescue incident; Red Watch Newry for a house fire rescue; Enniskillen Retained for a road traffic collision rescue and Firefighter (Controls) Elizabeth Magee for 999 call management.

The Long Service and Good Conduct Medals were presented by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for The Co Borough of Belfast, Mrs Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle CBE. 48 Operational Personnel were eligible to receive their Medal.  4 Support Staff received their Long Service Award for 20 years’ service.  A special award was presented to 2 operational personnel who have each completed more than 40 years’ service – Watch Commander John McGuigan, Irvinestown Station and Crew Commander, Peter O’Hare, Downpatrick Station.

Gary Thompson, Chief Fire & Rescue Officer, said- “Our Employee Awards and Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Presentation is very important because it is our opportunity to publically recognise and thank our employees for their service to Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service and to the community.  Each and every one of our colleagues shortlisted for an Employee Award and who received their Long Service and Good Conduct Medal make such a valuable contribution to the success of our organisation and to public safety in Northern Ireland.  I congratulate them on their success and thank them for the dedicated years of service they have given.”


Notes to editors:

NIFRS Employee Awards – Results

Chief Fire & Rescue Officer’s Award

Chairperson’s Community Award

Outstanding Achievement – Team

Outstanding Achievement – Individual

Operational Performance Award – Wholetime Watch

Operational Performance Award – Retained Station

Chief Fire & Rescue Officer Commendations

 Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

20 Year Long Service Award – Support Staff

40 Year Long Service Award

NIFRS External Recognition Award

For further information contact – During Office Hours – Corporate Communications Department, Tel 028 9266 4221.  Out Of Office Hours Media Enquiries – Duty Headquarters Officer, Tel 028 9266 4221.

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