Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

NIFRS Celebrating Success at Employee Awards

NIFRS Celebrating Success at Employee Awards

The achievements of Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) employees – both Operational and Support staff – were recognised at the annual Employee Awards last night (Thursday 22 November).

The winner of the overall Chief Fire & Rescue Officer’s Award was the Prevention Team, NIFRS Headquarters for their fire safety prevention work.  The Chairperson’s Community Award was presented to the Family Liaison Team. Assistant Group Commander, John Gallagher, was awarded the Individual Outstanding Achievement award for his day-to-day management of the Regional Control Centre.

There were joint winners of the Outstanding Achievement Team. Newcastle Fire Station, Regional Control Centre and Wildfire Team were selected for their collective and impressive efforts in combatting the spate of gorse fires over the summer.

The Operational Performance Awards were won by Green Watch, Whitla Fire Station and Maghera Retained Fire Station.

Other Awards presented on the night included the prestigious Chief Fire & Rescue Officer Commendations. These were awarded to Stations or individuals for their actions in going over and above the call of duty, in some of the most challenging incidents, to help rescue and protect members of our community when they needed our emergency assistance.

The Long Service and Good Conduct Medals were presented by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for The County of Londonderry, Mrs Alison Millar. 50 Operational Personnel were eligible to receive their Medal and 4 Support Staff were eligible to receive their Long Service Award for 20 years’ service.  A special award was presented to 8 Operational and Support Personnel who have each completed more than 40 years’ service.

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


Congratulations to the winners and those highly commended.  The results in each category were:


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




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