Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Northern Ireland Fire And Rescue Service

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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, Social Services and Public Safety. NIFRS has a workforce of around 2,230 personnel.

NIFRS serves the entire population of Northern Ireland, an area of over with a population of 1.71 million people.


There are 68 fire stations in Northern Ireland, seven of which are full-time and seven are wholetime/retained. 7 are variable crewed between wholetime and retain firefighters during the day with retain firefighters only at night. 46 stations are retained, and one (on Rathlin Island) is crewed by volunteers. The Service is organised into four 'Area Commands': Western, Southern, Northern and Eastern. The Eastern Area Command covers Greater Belfast.

Emergency cover is provided by a current establishment of:
  • 917 wholetime firefighters
  • 994 retained firefighters
  • 12 volunteer firefighters
  • 58 regional control centre staff
  • 208 support staff, plus 53 part-time caretakers

NIFRS Training Centre is located at Boucher Crescent, South Belfast and headquarters is in Lisburn, County Antrim.


NIFRS' current operational fleet of fire engine consists of:
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