Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Volunteer recruitment process

Selection process

NIFRS uses a robust and transparent selection process for our volunteers. We want to recruit the right volunteers to the roles that best suit their skills, experience and interests.

Stage 1 Application Form and Equality Monitoring Form

The Application Form and Equality Monitoring Form can be downloaded from NIFRS website or email The forms can be filled in and sent back to NIFRS Headquarters. We are currently recruiting Community Volunteers for the Coleraine and Cookstown locations and Cadet Leaders for the Cookstown Branch.

Application forms need to be fully completed to allow us to know about your experiences and how NIFRS can benefit from your involvement.


Stage 2 Informal interview

After returning your Application Form and Equality Monitoring Form, we will notify you if you have progressed to Stage 2 and you will be invited to an informal interview. Correspondence outlining this meeting will be sent to you so that you know what to expect.


Stage 3 Induction

If you are successful at the informal interview stage, you will be invited onto an Induction course providing you with an overview of volunteering with NIFRS.

Please note – Attendance at the Induction course is required.

Access NI – Each volunteering role within NIFRS will require an Access NI check.  Please remember, having a criminal record may not necessarily exclude you from being a volunteer with NIFRS.


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