Female fire-fighters wanted

Women in Derry are being encouraged to consider a career as a fire-fighter in a new Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) recruitment drive.

Chris Kerr, the north’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer, says women in the city should know that a career as a firefighter “is not just a job for men.”

NIFRS’ recruitment drive is focused on attracting both new male and female recruits - but has a specific focus on recruiting women.

The number of female firefighters has been steadily increasing over the recent years and NIFRS now has 46 female firefighters - 25 in full time posts.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Kerr says there is no reason why women should not consider a career with NIFRS.


“We have a specific message for females across Northern Ireland in this recruitment drive - being a firefighter is a remarkable, challenging and rewarding career and it is an equally viable long term career option for both women and men.

“With career long training and development, excellent promotion opportunities, a very competitive salary and benefit scheme, becoming a firefighter is something we want to encourage more women to consider. This is not just a job for men.’’

For further information and to download applications packs go to www.nifrs.org. The closing date for applications is August 11 at 3pm.