Still time to apply to become a firefighter

THE closing date for anyone who is interested in applying to become a retained (part-time) firefighter in Dungannon, is fast approaching.

The NI Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) has issued a reminder to prospective applicants that the final date for receipt of applications is Friday, March 8.

Last month the NIFRS launched a major recruitment drive for part-time firefighters in 37 retained fire stations across Northern Ireland, including Dungannon, Clogher, Cookstown and Magherafelt.

Applicants need to live and work within a five minute radius of their local station, and NIFRS is encouraging more females and those from ethnic minority backgrounds to apply.

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.

Application packs are available from the NIFRS website Further details are also available by contacting the Western Area Command Headquarters on 028 7131 1162.