New firefighters ready to blaze a trail after graduating from training course
Thirty firefighters have graduated following the completion of a demanding training course.
The new recruits showcased their skills during a graduation ceremony at the NIFRS Learning and Development Centre in Belfast before receiving their awards from Chief Fire Officer Gary Thompson.
The firefighters developed a wide range of practical skills including the use of breathing apparatus and responding to road traffic collisions.
Mr Thompson said: "The 27 men and three women graduating today were successful in earning their place on this trainee course following a rigorous recruitment process which attracted almost 5,000 applicants.
"Having successfully completed their intensive training course, I am confident that those in the class of 02/2018 have already demonstrated key qualities and attributes for the role of a modern day firefighter.
"Being a firefighter is so much more than just responding to 999 emergency incidents, it is also about community education and prevention activities to help keep people safe and reduce the number of incidents happening."
Carmel McKinney, chairperson of the NIFRS, said that the 30 recruits would take their place in the NIFRS family and play an important part in shaping the future of the organisation.