Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) has launched a recruitment drive for part-time Community firefighters in 16 fire stations across Northern Ireland, including Coleraine.
Subsequently two information evenings will be held at Coleraine Fire Station - on Tuesday, April 5 and April 12 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
NIFRS wants to recruit people who can respond to Coleraine Fire Station within five minutes of being alerted by pager.
Community Firefighters help protect the local community and 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 the local community.
Paul Coyle, Northern Area Commander, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service explains: “Simply put, NIFRS could not operate without our Community Firefighters as they provide the emergency fire & rescue services to local towns and villages across Northern Ireland. It is an extremely rewarding and interesting job.
“Community Firefighters are paid a retaining fee, emergency call out payments and a payment to attend a weekly drill night which is two hours per week in the evening. Community Firefighters are trained to the highest standards and take part in 12 days training each year to ensure we have the most highly skilled Firefighters to help protect our local communities.”