Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Incidents of Note

Date, Time: 13 September 2020, 1.59pm
Location: Cuilcagh Broadwalk, Enniskillen
Details:

Firefighters were called to assist in the rescue of a female casualty who had back and lower limb injures on Cuilcagh Broadwalk. One Appliance from Enniskillen Fire Station and the Specialist Rescue Team attended the incident.

The casualty was removed from the area by the North West Mountain Rescue Team and taken to South West Acute Hospital. The incident was dealt with by 4.48pm.

Date, Time: 13 September 2020, 10.37pm
Location: Crosscavanagh Road, Dungannon
Details:

At 10.37pm on Sunday 13 September 2020 Firefighters were called to a fire involving a large farm shed on the Crosscavanagh Road in Dungannon. Eight Appliances from Dungannon Fire Station, Pomeroy Fire Station, Cookstown Fire Station, Portadown Fire Station, Lisburn Fire Station and Dungiven Fire Station attended the incident including an aerial Appliance, a water tanker and a Command Support Unit.

Firefighters worked hard in challenging conditions to prevent the fire spreading and used three jets to extinguish the blaze. Approximately 6000 chickens were killed in the incident. The cause of the fire is believed to have been accidental ignition and the incident was dealt with by 2.33am on Monday 14 September.

Date, Time: 23 August 2020, 4.30pm
Location: Ardmore Avenue, Armagh
Details:

At 4.30pm on Sunday 23 August 2020 Firefighters were called to a fire involving several properties and vehicles on Armore Avenue, Armagh. 10 Fire Appliances attended the incident- 2 from Armagh Fire Station, 1 from Keady Fire Station, 2 from Lurgan Fire Station, 2 from Lisburn Fire Station, 2 from Springfield Fire Station and 1 from Pomeroy Fire Station. Firefighters worked for hours to extinguish the fire, which was under control by 8.43pm. The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental ignition.

Date, Time: 20 August 2020, 10.35pm
Location: Quigleys Point, Donegal
Details:

Two Appliances from Northland Fire Station and the Flood Rescue Team from Crescent Link Fire Station  were called to support colleagues in Donegal Fire Service, Irish Coastguard, Gardai and Donegal Ambulance Service at an incident in which a car with four occupants left the road and plunged into water.

A woman escaped from the vehicle and raised the alarm and NIFRS Firefighters supported their colleagues by entering the water and removing a man from the vehicle. Tragically this man and two children lost their lives in the incident.

The incident was dealt with at 12.24am (21 August).  

The thoughts of NIFRS are with the family and friends of the deceased at this tragic time. 

Date, Time: 4 August 2020, 11.41am
Location: Quay Road, Strangford
Details:

Two Appliances from Downpatrick Fire Station, one Appliance from Ballynahinch Fire Station and the Specialist Rescue Team were called to an incident on Quay Road in Strangford where a car had entered the water.

One male casualty was rescued from the car by members of the public and the Coastguard and was taken to Royal Victoria Hospital by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, where he sadly passed away.

The Coastguard helicopter carried out an aerial search, while NIFRS Specialist Rescue Team and the RNLI carried out a search on the water to make sure there were no other casualties. The incident was dealt with by 2.01pm.

Date, Time: 3 June 2020,
Location: Various locations
Details:

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service responded to a number of wildfires across Northern Ireland on Wednesday 3 June 2020.

NIFRS received a call at 12.15pm to a grassland fire on Blackrock Road, Cookstown. At the height of the incident there were 9 Fire Appliances with approximately 41 Firefighters and 6 Officers at the scene. The incident was under control by 7.21pm.

Firefighters were also called to a grassland fire on Carnmoney Hill, Glengormley at 12.38pm. At the height of the incident 4 Fire Appliances with approximately 21 Firefighters and 3 Officers were at the scene. The incident was under control by 9.52pm.

Firefighters were also still attending to a grassland fire on Flagstaff Road, Newry. NIFRS were called to this incident at 00.29am on Monday 1 June 2020.

Date, Time: 9 May 2020, 6.42pm
Location: Capecastle Road, Ballycastle
Details:

Firefighters were called to a a shed fire which spread to oil tanks and two semi-detached bungalows.

4 Fire Appliances attended the incident – Two from Ballycastle Fire Station and two from Ballymoney Fire Station.

Firefighters wore Breathing Apparatuses and used 5 jets to extinguish the fire. Firefighters rescued one female casualty and one male casualty was out of the building when Firefighters arrived. Both were treated by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and taken to hospital.

The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental ignition and the incident was dealt with by 9.05pm.

Date, Time: 4 May 2020, 09.58am
Location: Ascot Park, Belfast
Details:

Firefighters were called to an incident where scaffolding had collapsed at a house in Ascot Park in Belfast.

One Appliance from Knock Fire Station, one Appliance from Central Fire Station and the Specialist Rescue Team attended the incident.

Firefighters removed two male casualties from the collapsed scaffolding and they were transferred over to the care of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. The Specialist Rescue Team then worked to ensure the scene was made safe. The incident was dealt with by 12.10pm.

Date, Time: 21 April 2020, ~1pm
Location: Altarichard Road area and Islandboy Road area in Ballycastle
Details:

Updated 22 April 3.30pm – 

9 Fire Appliances & around 50 Firefighters are still dealing with the gorse fire in difficult terrain at the Altarichard Road area.  The incident at the Islandboy Road Area was dealt with by 4.39pm on 21 April.

 

We are currently dealing with two significant gorse fires in the Altarichard Road area and Islandboy Road area in Ballycastle. 12 Fire Appliances and approximately 70 Firefighters from our Northern Area Command have been deployed to deal with these incidents which are ongoing.

Date, Time: 14 April 2020,
Location: Belleek, Co Fermanagh; Artigarvan, Newtownstewart and Coalisland, Co Tyrone
Details:

NIFRS responded to several significant gorse fires, the largest of which were in our Western Area Command. The largest fires which are now under control are located in the Belleek Area of County Fermanagh, at Artigarvan near Newtownstewart and at Coalisland Co Tyrone.

Dealing with these fires, which at this stage appear to have been started deliberately, unnecessarily draws precious resources away from where they are needed most, protecting our community.

It is most important that we all play our part in protecting our communities during this national emergency, and to ensure that we do not add unnecessary pressures to the emergency services.

NIFRS would remind the public to exercise common sense in the countryside. For example, always extinguish smoking materials properly; never throw cigarette ends out of car windows and be considerate in parking vehicles so as not to block access for emergency vehicles.

The public are also reminded that deliberate setting of wildfires is a criminal offence and if you see anyone setting a fire you should call the PSNI immediately.

Date, Time: 7 March 2020, 11.08am
Location: Monagh Grove, Belfast
Details:

NIFRS responded to a fire at Trinity Lodge Public House, Belfast. The fire was well developed in the kitchen area when Firefighters arrived. The fire was brought under control by Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and using firefighting jets, and through jets from 2 Aerial Appliances. At the height of the incident there were 5 Fire Appliances and 2 Aerial Appliances in attendance. There were no casualties. The fire was under control by 4.25pm and the cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.

 

Date, Time: 28 February 2020, 7.24am
Location: Green Road, Ballyclare
Details:

NIFRS attended a fire at an industrial premises on Green Road, Ballyclare. The fire was well developed when Firefighters arrived, and at the height of the incident 6 Fire Appliances, as well as 2 Aerial Appliances and the Specialist Rescue Team were in attendance. Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used jets and cold cutting equipment to extinguish the fire. There were no casualties. The incident was under control by 12.12pm and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Date, Time: 19 February 2020, 2:07pm
Location: Duneany Road, Ballymena
Details:

Firefighters were called to a two vehicle road traffic collision on Duneany Road, where one vehicle was on its roof. Firefighters attended the incident along with colleagues from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, Air Ambulance NI and PSNI. Firefighters used cutting equipment to remove two casualties from a vehicle. The third casualty was out of their vehicle when Firefighters arrived and was taken to hospital by Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. Tragically two of the casualties died at the scene. The incident was dealt with by 2:53pm.

Date, Time: 8 February 2020,
Location: Enniskillen, Dromore and Augher
Details:

NIFRS responded to a number of flooding incidents this weekend caused by Storm Ciara.

NIFRS relocated resources to Fermanagh and Omagh where the flooding risk was highest. Firefighters then worked closely with partner agencies and emergency service colleagues, co-ordinating resources to effectively protect the community from flooding.

Notable incidents included flooding at Laragh’s Croft, Enniskillen at 9.31pm on Saturday 8 February 2020. There was a large volume of water that had the potential to flood 15 houses. 3 Fire Appliances attended the incident- 2 from Omagh Fire Station and 1 from Irvinestown Fire Station. Firefighters used a High Volume Pump to divert the water away from the houses. The incident was under control by 1.45am on Sunday 9 February 2020.

NIFRS attended an animal rescue incident at Cavan Road, Dromore, Co Tyrone at 10.12am on Sunday 9 February 2020. 1 Fire Appliance from Dromore Fire Station attended the Incident. Firefighters used lines and a reach pole to rescue 12 sheep from flood water. The incident was under control by 10.39am.

Firefighters also attended a flooding incident on Lisnawery Road, Augher at 7.51am on Sunday 9 February 2020. 2 people were trapped in a car in flood water. 2 Fire Appliances from Clogher Fire Station attended the incident. Firefighters pushed the car out of the flood water to safety. There were no injuries. The incident was under control by 8.47am.

 

 

 

Date, Time: 1 February 2020, 9.20am
Location: Ballinderry Road, Aghalee
Details:

Firefighters were called to an incident where pigs had fallen into a slurry pit at a farm in Aghalee. Six Appliances attended the incident including a specialist Large Animal Rescue Team.  30 pig carcasses were retrieved and 25 live pigs were rescued by Firefighters wearing breathing apparatuses. The incident was dealt with by 5:05pm.

Date, Time: 21 January 2020, 9.24pm
Location: Ballyclogh Road, Bushmills
Details:

NIFRS responded to a fire at Ballyclogh Road near Bushmills at 9.24pm on Sunday 19 January 2020.

This was a well-developed fire involving hay, farm machinery and agricultural equipment in a number of farm sheds. At the height of the incident there were approximately 50 personnel dealing with the fire, with support from specialist appliances.

Firefighters worked throughout the night to extinguish the fire and ensure there were no injuries to people or farm animals, who were moved out of the immediate risk area.

The incident was under control by 1.39am on Monday 20 January 2020. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

Date, Time: 9 January 2020, 6.47pm
Location: Strand Road, Derry/Londonderry
Details:

NIFRS responded to a fire at Envy Nightclub, Strand Road, Derry/Londonderry at 6.47pm on Thursday 9 January 2020.

Firefighters worked tirelessly throughout the evening fighting the fire, and at the height of the incident a total of 6 Fire Appliances, 2 Aerial Appliances, and 50 fire personnel were involved at the scene.

The incident was completed by 1.13am on Friday 10 January 2020. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Date, Time: 30 December 2019, 3:32pm
Location: Selshion Parade, Portadown
Details:

On Monday 30 December at 3:32pm, Firefighters were called to reports of a suspected gas explosion at a house in Selshion Parade, Portadown. Two Appliances from Portadown Fire Station and one Appliance from Lurgan Fire Station attended the incident. Firefighters set up a cordon and used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire. Firefighters used gas monitors on the property and adjoining properties and all readings were found to be normal.  No mains gas was involved and the incident is believed to have been caused by the pressurised cylinder in a battery-operated air freshener being left on top of an electric hob. One woman was checked over by the Ambulance Service as a precaution, but did not need to attend hospital. The cause of the fire was accidental and the incident was dealt with by 5:01pm.

Date, Time: 4 December 2019, 12.38pm
Location: Jerusalem Street, Belfast
Details:

Firefighters were called to a one vehicle road traffic collision on Jerusalem Street. The driver of the car was removed from her car by Firefighters. She was then transferred to the care of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. The incident was dealt with by 1.40pm.

Date, Time: 4 December 2019, 10.10am
Location: Moat Street, Donaghadee
Details:

NIFRS received a call at 10.10am to attend a fire at a restaurant on Moat Street, Donaghadee.

28 Firefighters were involved in extinguishing the fire. At the height of the incident there were 5 Fire Appliances from Donaghadee, Bangor, Newtownards and Knock, and an Aerial Appliance.

The incident was dealt with at 12.24pm.

The cause of the fire has been determined as accidental.

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