NIFRS Officially Opens New State of the Art Service Support Centre
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) today officially opens the doors of its new £8.2 million Service Support Centre at Boucher Road, Belfast.
The Service Support Centre, which is the hub for maintenance, servicing and repair of fire appliances and operational equipment, is being officially opened by Mr Richard Pengelly, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health.
Over 50 staff are based at this new bespoke facility, bringing together key Fire & Rescue support functions under one roof including fleet and engineering, operational equipment and communications workshops, supplies and research and development.
Interim Chief Fire & Rescue Officer, Michael Graham said:
“The Service Support Centre is a facility we are already extremely proud of. It is not only visually impressive but more importantly its functionality has been meticulously designed to meet the specific needs of our dedicated support teams. I look forward to the real and measurable benefits this Centre will bring us as a Service, as we continue to do things better.”
Funded by the Department of Health, building work commenced on site in March 2017 with collaboration between HLM Architects and Lowry Building & Civil Engineering.
NIFRS Chairperson Carmel McKinney added:
“This is the largest capital investment for NIFRS in recent years and following many years of planning, hard work and dedication, it’s tremendous to see a project of this scale come to fruition. It has been a collective effort from the outset between the various Departments within NIFRS, our sponsoring government Department, the Department of Health, along with the Department of Finance and Health Projects within the Central Procurement Directorate. I’m confident that collectively we have created a Service Support Centre of the highest calibre that will be used for decades to come in supporting the work of Firefighters in protecting our community.”
Richard Pengelly, Permanent Secretary said: “I am delighted to be able to officially open the new Service Support Centre for the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service and congratulate all those involved in this significant project. This new purpose built facility will be of great benefit to all the staff and will assist the organisation to deliver the best possible fire and rescue service to the people of Northern Ireland. ”