Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland community firefighters recruitment drive starts

By David Reed

A drive to recruit more community firefighters has been launched in Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) is filling posts in 28 fire stations.

Community firefighters help protect their local area and respond to emergency incidents.

NIFRS group commander Brian Stanfield said: "Simply put, NIFRS could not operate without our community firefighters as they provide the emergency fire and rescue services to local towns and villages across Northern Ireland.

"It is an extremely rewarding and interesting job. Community firefighters must be able to quickly respond to emergency call-outs by making their way to the fire station within five minutes, where they will meet the rest of their crew."

Community firefighters are paid a retaining fee, emergency call-out payments and a payment to attend a weekly drill night which is two hours per week.

They take part in 12 days training each year.

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