Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

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Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service
Operational area
Country  UK
Region Northern Ireland
Agency overview
Established 1 July 2006 (2006-07-01)
Annual calls 33,992 (2014/2015)
Employees 2,230
Chief Fire Officer Dale Ashford
Facilities and equipment
Divisions 4
Stations 68
Website
Official website

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) (formerly Northern Ireland Fire Brigade) is the statutory fire and rescue service for Northern Ireland. The NIFRS is overseen by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Board, which in turn is subordinate to the Department of Health. NIFRS has a workforce of around 2,230 personnel.[1]

NIFRS serves the entire population of Northern Ireland, an area of over 5,500 square miles (14,000 km2) with a population of 1.71 million people.

Fire Stations/Appliances[edit]

Eastern Command[edit]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
E11 Knock Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x WrT, 1x ALP
E12 Central Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x RP
RT Central/SRT Wholetime 1x SRP, 1x RRV, 1x L4V, 1x SEU, 1x IrbT, 1x SDU, 3x PM for 5x USAR Pods
E13 Cadogan Wholetime 2x WrL, 1x FESU
E13 Dunmurry Day Crewed 09:00-18:00 1x WrL (Appliance/Crew from Cadogan)
E21 Whitla Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x WrT/OSU, 1x MRT, 2x PM* for Pods: 1x MDD, 1x HVP, 1x MRU
E22 Westland Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x L4V, 1x PM+MDD*
E23 Springfield Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x WrT, 1x ALP

Northern Command[edit]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
N11 Ballymena Wholetime/Retained 1x WrL, 1x RP, 1x L4V
N12 Kilrea Retained/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x CSU
N13 Cushendall Retained 1x WrL
N14 Carnlough Retained 1x WrL
N15 Larne Retained 1x WrL, 1x RP
N21 Coleraine Variable wholetime 07:30-19:30 /Retained 1x WrL, 1x RP
N22 Portstewart Retained 2x WrL
N23 Portrush Retained 2x WrL
N24 Ballymoney Retained 2x WrL
N25 Ballycastle Retained 2x WrL, 1x L4V
N26 Rathlin Island Volunteer 1x WrL
N31 Glengormley Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x WrT/FoT, 1x PM* for Pods: 1x FoC, 1x WelfU
N32 Antrim Variable wholetime 07:30-19:30 /Retained 2x WrL
N33 Ballyclare Retained 2x WrL
N34 Carrickfergus Variable wholetime 07:30-19:30 /Retained 1x WrL, 1x WrT
N35 Whitehead Retained 1x WrL
N41 Lisburn Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x WrT, 1x CSU*
N42 Crumlin Retained 1x WrL

Southern Command[edit]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
S11 Portadown Variable wholetime 07:30-19:30 /Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x ALP
S12 Armagh Variable wholetime 07:30-19:30 /Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x L4V, 1x PM+HVP*
S13 Banbridge Retained 2x WrL
S14 Lurgan Wholetime/Retained 2x WrL
S15 Keady Retained 1x WrL
S16 Dromore Retained/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x DIM*
S21 Bangor Wholetime/Retained 1x WrL, 1x WrT
S22 Comber Retained 1x WrL
S23 Donaghadee Retained 1x WrL
S24 Ballywalter Retained 1x WrL
S25 Holywood Retained 2x WrL
S26 Newtownards Retained 1x WrL, 1x RP
S27 Portaferry Retained 1x WrL
S31 Newry Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x RP, 1x OSU*, 1x PM+MDD*
S32 Crossmaglen Retained 1x WrL
S33 Rathfriland Retained 2x WrL
S34 Warrenpoint Retained 2x WrL, 1x WrC
S35 Newtownhamilton Retained 1x WrL, 1x WrT
S41 Downpatrick Retained 1x WrL, 1x WrT
S42 Kilkeel Retained 2x WrL
S43 Carryduff Retained 1x WrL
S44 Newcastle Retained 1x WrL, 1x RP, 1x L4V
S45 Ballynahinch Retained 2x WrL

Western Command[edit]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
W11 Crescent Link Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x WrT, 1x RT, 1x WRU, 1x L4V+IrbT, 1x OSU*, 1x PM* for Pods: 1x FoC, 1x MDD
W12 Northland Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x WrT/FoT, 1x ALP
W13 Strabane Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x CSU*
W14 Limavady Retained 1x WrL, 1x WrT
W15 Dungiven Retained 1x WrL, 1x WrC
W21 Omagh Retained/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x RP, 1x L4V, 1x FESU, 1x PM+HVP*
W22 Dromore Retained 1x WrL
W23 Castlederg Retained 1x WrL
W24 Fintona Retained 1x WrL
W25 Newtownstewart Retained 1x WrL
W31 Cookstown Retained 2x WrL
W32 Pomeroy Retained 1x WrL, 1x WrC
W33 Maghera Retained 2x WrL
W34 Dungannon Retained 1x WrL, 1x RP
W35 Magherafelt Retained 1x WrL, 1x RP
W41 Enniskillen Day Crewed 08:00-18:00/Retained 1x WrT, 1x RP, 1x L4V
W42 Irvinestown Retained/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x CSU*
W43 Belleek Retained 1x WrL, 1x WrC
W44 Lisnaskea Retained 2x WrL
W45 Clogher Retained 1x WrL, 1x WrT

Fire Appliance Glossary/Callsigns[edit]

  • Water Ladder (WrL): 01/02
  • Water Tender (WrT): 02
  • Water Tender/Foam Tender (WrT/FoT): 06
  • Rescue Pump (RP): 71
  • Water Tender/Operational Support Unit (WrT/OSU): 79
  • Water Carrier (WrC): 73
  • Rescue Tender (RT): 04
  • Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP): 05 or 07
  • Prime Mover + High Volume Pump (PM+HVP): 60
  • Operational Support Unit (OSU): 72/74
  • Light 4x4 Vehicle + Inshore Rescue Boat (L4V+IrbT): 76
  • Command Support Unit (CSU): 78
  • Light 4x4 Vehicle (L4V): 76
  • Marine Response Vehicle (MRV): 96
  • Water Rescue Unit (MRU): 96
  • Fire & Emergency Support Unit (FESU) FESS 1/ FESS 2/ FESS 3
  • Prime Mover (PM): 51/60/62

Pods:

  • Foam Carrier (FoC)
  • Marine Response Unit (MRU)
  • Welfare Unit (WelfU)


Specialist Rescue Unit (SRT)/Urban Search & Rescue (USAR):

  • Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV): RT60
  • Specialist Rescue Pump (SRP): RT190
  • Specialist Equipment Unit (SEU): RT196
  • Light 4x4 Vehicle (L4V): RT197
  • Search & Rescue Dog Unit (SDU)
  • Prime Mover (PM): RT191/RT192/RT193

Pods:

  • Module 1 - Technical Search Equipment
  • Module 2 - Heavy Transport, Confined Space & Hot Cutting
  • Module 3 - Breaching & Breaking Equipment
  • Module 4 - Multi Purpose Vehicle
  • Module 5 - Shoring Operations


CBRN Responss:

  • Detection, Identification & Monitoring (DIM)
  • Prime Mover + Mass Decontamination Disrobe (PM+MDD): 60/62

Statistics[edit]

A ladder platform at Portadown

In 2014/15, NIFRS received 22,781 emergency calls, of which it mobilised to 22,781. The breakdown of these mobilised calls were:

  • 3,138 primary (major) fires
  • 4,864 secondary fires
  • 7,641 False Alarm due to Apparatus
  • 2,091 False Alarm with Good Intent
  • 442 False Alarm Malicious
  • 1,225 Chimney Fire
  • 912 Other Mobilised Calls
  • 2,468 Special Service Call

This included; (693, Road Traffic Collison) (172, Rescue or release of people) (140, Lift Incident) (233, Make Incident Safe (e.g. gas leak)) (177, Animal Rescue) (167, Chemical Incident) (212, Effecting Entry Incident) (91, Flooding) (583, Other)

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