Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) is issuing a final call to get the views of the public on proposed changes to manage Firefighter resources, which could see more resources deployed to the Dungannon station.
The public consultation period is underway and will close on Monday 7 March 2016. NIFRS say they are keen to hear from those who may not have availed of the opportunity to help shape the future provision of their fire and rescue service.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Gary Thompson said: “Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service is your fire and rescue service and it’s important that we get your views on what we propose to do to make the most effective and efficient use of our operational resources aligned to the risk profile of Northern Ireland.
“We are confident that this proposal will help us deliver the best possible fire and rescue service which reflects current and emerging risks to community safety. We welcome your views and there is still time to tell us what you think.”
The consultation follows a risk assessment, identifying the risk levels in all 67 station areas over a five year period. This assessment has clearly identified that in 11 station areas the risk levels and resources are not effectively matched.
Under the proposed new changes NIFRS has identified 4 station areas - Enniskillen, Downpatrick, Dungannon and Strabane – which would benefit from additional Wholetime Firefighters whilst at the same time maintaining the Retained cover 24/7. The Wholetime Firefighters would provide enhanced prevention, protection and emergency response from Monday – Friday, 0800 – 1800.
Consultation documents can be accessed on NIFRS website http://www.nifrs.org/consultation/ or hard copies are available by contacting NIFRS’s Equality & Inclusion Unit, on 028 9266 4221.