Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Department of Health Recruitment for NIFRS Board Members

The Department of Health is recruiting the following:

3 Non-Executive Lay Members;

1 Non-Executive District Councillor Member; and

1 Non-Executive Trade Union Member.

The appointments will take effect from late 2019.  This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in Northern Ireland.

The Department is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process.  It is committed to providing equality of opportunity and welcomes applications regardless of gender, age, marital status, disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependants.

Applications are particularly welcome from those from a Catholic background, women, young people, members of ethnic minorities and people with disabilities as these groups are currently underrepresented on the NIFRS Board.

The NIFRS Board is responsible for ensuring that the Fire and Rescue Service fulfils its statutory obligations.  This includes providing overall strategic direction of the Fire and Rescue Service, having due regard to the policy and resources framework agreed with the Department; ensuring that high standards of corporate governance are observed at all times; operating within the statutory authority and within the limits of its delegated authority agreed with the Department, as well as in accordance with any other conditions relating to the use of public funds; and overseeing the achievement of performance objectives, agreed with the Department, by monitoring performance against agreed targets.

Essential Criteria for all applicants

Lay Member – There are no specific eligibility requirements for these posts.

District Council Member – must be currently elected District Councillors.

Trade Union Member – Applicants for this post must be supported and endorsed by a relevant Trade Union or the NI Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

All applicants must show on their application form, and if invited for interview, how they meet the following four essential criteria:

Strategic Thinking; Corporate Governance & Accountability; Stakeholder Engagement; and Self Awareness and Personal Contribution.


Non-Executive Member   £6,141 per annum – Time Commitment 3 days per month

Further information and an application form are available from-

Closing Date

The deadline for receipt of applications is 12:00 noon on Friday 7 June 2019.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Information Packs and application forms can be provided in alternative formats and applicants who require assistance will be facilitated on request.  Applicants invited for interview will be eligible for reimbursement of reasonable travelling expenses.

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