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McGimpsey congratulates Fire & Rescue staff

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Public Safety Minister Michael McGimpsey has congratulated Fire and Rescue staff at the organisation’s first ever training awards ceremony.

Over the past two years Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) staff including Firefighters, Control Centre personnel and Support staff, have undertaken training across a range of disciplines. Over 170 members of staff successfully completed externally accredited qualifications in Leadership and Management, Training or Assessment.

The inaugural event took place in the Fire and Rescue Training Centre in Belfast to formally celebrate the achievements of NIFRS staff and recognise the organisation’s commitment to lifelong learning.

Speaking at the awards ceremony the Minister said: “A modern fire and rescue service needs highly trained and professional staff. It is evident from the awards being made today that our fire and rescue service is committed to providing the training required to keep us as a world class service. I congratulate all those receiving awards today”

Acting Chief Fire Officer Peter Craig said:

“We as a front line Emergency Service are totally committed to lifelong learning, workforce development and skills development to ensure we continue to deliver the highest possible standard of service and protection to the people of Northern Ireland.”

Note to editors:

1. This is the first time Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service have held an awards ceremony to celebrate personnel completing externally accredited qualifications.

2. It is hoped this will become a bi-annual event to recognise lifelong learning within the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.

3. Media enquiries to DHSSPS Press Office on 028 9052 0567. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Office via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.