Fighterfighter retires after 36 years

Pictured at the retirement presentation (l-r) - Paul Coyle, Group Commander, Dr Joe McKee Chairman NIFRS Board, Firefighter John McCurdy, Jennifer McCurdy and Noel McCurdy, Watch Commander.INBM12-14
Pictured at the retirement presentation (l-r) - Paul Coyle, Group Commander, Dr Joe McKee Chairman NIFRS Board, Firefighter John McCurdy, Jennifer McCurdy and Noel McCurdy, Watch Commander.INBM12-14

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) recently held a retirement presentation for Firefighter John McCurdy to acknowledge his commitment and dedication in helping protect his local community on Rathlin Island for 36 years.

FF McCurdy began as a Volunteer Firefighter on Rathlin Island in 1977, this was before any official Firefighting operations on the island began.

In John’s own words “there was no Fire Appliance on Rathlin at this time, and the Volunteer Firefighters responded to any fire with a wheel barrow, stand pipe and a hand operated pump.”

Then in 1984 FF McCurdy joined the then Northern Ireland Fire Brigade as a “Volunteer Fire Party Member’ and in more recent times was an invaluable member of the Rathlin Fire Crew during the development of the new joint NIFRS & Coast Guard Station which opened on the Island in 2007.