This weekend marked a double celebration for Derry’s Fire and Rescue Service.
Former members joined serving Fire Service staff to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of Northland Fire Station and the 20th anniversary of the opening of Crescent Link Fire Station. A commemorative event was held at Crescent Link Fire Station on Saturday afternoon.
As part of the celebration a collection of photographs and memorabilia were put on display within the Fire Station. Crescent Link, then called, NI Fire Brigade ‘D’ Division Headquarters, opened in February 1991 with 18 personnel. Today the Fire Station is a community Fire Station with facilities, ie meeting rooms, available to local community groups.
Peter Craig, Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service told the Journal: “I would like to thank and congratulate all the Firefighters who over the years have worked tirelessly in this area to protect their community from the dangers of fire, road traffic collisions and other emergency incidents.”
“This is a significant milestone for the local community and especially for the past and current members of Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service based Derry. In fact I actually spent part of my career as Divisional Fire Safety Officer from 1991 to 1994 at Crescent Link Fire Station.
“The personnel from both Northland and Crescent Link Fire Stations, who served through the Troubles, were exposed to some of their worst scenes and atrocities. Nonetheless they always carried out their duties with dedication and professionalism while doing what can often be a very difficult and dangerous job.”
Chief Fire Officer Craig also praised the families of firefighters for their support role: “They also deserve recognition and praise for all their support throughout the years.”