Ballymoney needs part-time firefighters

NORTHERN Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) is currently seeking to recruit people who live and work with a five minute radius of Ballymoney Fire Station to become Retained Firefighters and help protect their local community.

Retained Firefighters respond to emergency incidents including fires, road traffic collisions and other specialist service calls such as chemical spills, collapsed buildings and other types of rescues.

They also play a crucial role in providing safety advice and assistance in their local community.

Gary Thompson, NIFRS explains: “Simply put, NIFRS could not operate with our Retained Firefighters as they provide the emergency fire and rescue services to the communities in which they live and work.”

They are encouraging women and members of ethnic minorities to consider the role as they would like to see more of both doing the work.

“It is an extremely rewarding and interesting job and Retained Firefighters must be able to quickly respond to emergency call outs by making their way to their local Fire Station within five minutes, where they will meet the rest of their Crew.

“Local employers have an equally important role to play in the success of the Retained Firefighter system by allowing their employees to become Retained Firefighters.

“Retained Firefighters are paid an attractive monthly retaining fee, plus drill night attendance, emergency call out fees, as well as annual holiday leave.”

Ballymoney Fire Station will be holding information nights on Thursday, February 14 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and Saturday, February 23 from 10am to 2pm.

Application Packs are available from Ballymoney Fire Station, 31 Market Street, Thursday nights 7.30pm - 9.30pm; Riada House, 14 Charles Street; Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre and Trolans Supervalu.

Go to for further details and application forms or phone 028 2564 3370.

Closing date is Friday, March 8 2013 at 3pm.