The strategic direction, performance and scrutiny of NIFRS is overseen by the NIFRS Board, a body which was established under The Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006. It is a non-departmental public body, with the Department of Health (DoH) as its sponsoring Department.
The NIFRS Board is appointed by the Health Minister and comprises a non-executive Chairperson and 10 non-executive Members, 4 of whom are District Councillors and the remainder are Lay Members. The Chief Fire & Rescue Officer is also a member of the NIFRS Board.
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.
(During COVID-19 the NIFRS Board is following national guidelines and this has had an immediate impact on how we will conduct our business. For the foreseeable future, all essential business of the NIFRS Board or its Committees will be 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. As you will appreciate, this is an unprecedented situation and we hope to be able to revert to business as usual as soon as it safe to do so.)
Board Minutes are available on the website.
Ms Carmel McKinney OBE
Mr Peter O'Reilly
Chief Fire & Rescue Officer