Newry Station Commander Rory Dumigan wins prestigious award

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Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
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Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Station Commander Rory Dumigan received the NI Road Safety Lifetime Achievement Award for his continuous work in educating and informing road users of the consequences of dangerous driving at the NI Road Safety Awards recently.
Jonathan McKeown (Crash Services) & U105FM’s Frank Mitchell present Newry Station Commander Rory Dumigan with his NI Road Safety Lifetime Achievement Award at the Cultra Manor on Friday 27th November

Jonathan McKeown and U105’s Frank Mitchell present Newry Station Commander Rory Dumigan with his NI Road Safety Lifetime Achievement Award

Rory, who is based at Newry Fire Station, has been involved heavily with road safety across Northern Ireland, were he has delivered road safety seminars to Young Farmer Associations, GAA clubs and delivered the road safety message to every sixth form pupil in the Newry and Mourne area. Rory is also heavily involved in the NI Road Safety Strategy along with partner agencies such as the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and the Department of Environment Rory was also recognised at the NI Road Safety Awards for his role as part of the joint partnership initiative Y-Pad (Young Persons and Drivers) which encourages safer driving of young people in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon area. NIFRS Station Commander Rory Dumigan has worked for the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) for over 22 years and regularly attended Road Traffic Collision incidents. Rory was to face personal tragedy on the roads, when Rory had to formally identify his sister Oonagh following a fatal road traffic collision, which also claimed the life of Oonagh’s boyfriend on 1st January 2004. Rory has dedicated much time and effort to raising awareness of the devastating affect dangerous driving can have on those directly affected and the wider community. Speaking on receiving his award, Rory said, “I am absolutely thrilled to be awarded the NI Road Safety Lifetime Achievement Award. “As a first responder to road traffic collisions across Northern Ireland, Firefighters encounter extremely difficult and harrowing experiences. Working alongside our partner agencies across the Emergency Services, Firefighters see at first hand the tragic consequences of dangerous driving. “Firefighters are members of the local communities they serve and the devastating incidents they attend have the same impact as those directly affected. I am also very privileged to be able to educate and inform current and future motorists, by attending groups and schools to help make our roads safer,” he continued. “To be able to explain first-hand accounts of what occurs at a road traffic collision is extremely powerful and makes those in attendance revaluate their decisions when driving. The aim is to assist drivers in making the right decision on the roads, which ultimately will keep all road users safe. “To be recognised with NI Road Safety Awards Lifetime achievement has increased my determination to continue to spread the message of road safety and to continue to help to protect our communities on the roads,” Rory added.
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