Public Appointment Competition for Chair of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS 2/22)

Date published: 13 March 2023

The Department of Health is seeking to appoint a Non-Executive Chair to the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS 2/22).

This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in Northern Ireland.


About NIFRS:

NIFRS protects and serves the entire population of NI, an area of over 5,500 square miles providing them with a range of fire and rescue services. Under the 2006 Order, the Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010, and the Fire and Rescue Services (Emergencies) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011, NIFRS responds to fires, road traffic collisions and other emergencies including chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incidents, search and rescue incidents, serious flooding and serious transport incidents. A range of community engagement initiatives are provided to help reduce risk and keep people safe from the dangers of fire and other types of incidents that we respond to. The organisation has a dedicated Regional Control Centre where all the Fire 999 calls for NI are answered and Fire Crews mobilised to respond. NIFRS has 68 Fire Stations across NI utilising a variety of crewing models using Whole-time, On-Call and Volunteer Firefighters.

Applicants for this position must on their application form, and if invited for interview, meet the following essential criteria: Leadership, Change Management, Corporate Governance and Accountability, Performance Management, and Collaborative Working.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 12:00 noon BST Friday 31 March 2023.  Late applications will not be accepted.

For further information


Telephone:  02890 378793 or 02890 765793 (Monday – Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm)

Write to:  DoH Public Appointments, Room 16, Annexe 1, Castle Buildings, Stormont Estate, Belfast BT4 3SQ.


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