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Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) has honoured and recognised 105 employees who have completed 20, 30 or 40 years of service.


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The NIFRS Long Service & Good Conduct Awards Ceremony, which was held for employees based in the Southern Area Command, which covers County Armagh and most of County Down, took place at Craigavon Civic Centre.

The ceremony was attended by NIFRS Chief Fire & Rescue Officer Aidan Jennings and Chairperson of the NIFRS Board, Jay Colville.

The awards were presented by Mr Simon Cassells, Deputy Lieutenant of County Armagh.

Since the last Long Service & Good Conduct Awards Ceremony took place, a welcome development is that new 30 and 40 years’ service clasps have been introduced to present to employees in accordance with the Royal Warrant.





The awards recognise employees in both operational and support roles with the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service.

The Southern Area Command ceremony saw 52 20-year service medals, 39 30-year clasps and 5 40-year clasps presented to operational employees, as well as 9 awards being presented to support employees.

NIFRS Southern Area Commander Dermot Rooney says, “Every colleague receiving their Long Service and Good Conduct Award has made an invaluable contribution to our organisation and the service we provide to the public, so this is an important event for all those recognised.

“We also recognise and greatly value the support that families provide for our staff, especially for our operational staff in preparation for and in the aftermath of the difficult, demanding and often dangerous work they do in protecting the public.

“We were honoured at this awards ceremony to welcome the family of our much-missed colleague Stephen Barr, who tragically passed away at the age of 58 earlier this year.


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“Stephen was Watch Commander at Ballynahinch Fire Station and so it was a poignant moment to see his wife Cindy, daughter Stephanie and son Jason presented with his clasp for 30 years of service.

“Stephen, at the time of his passing, had almost 40 years’ service, all of it at Ballynahinch and 27 years of it as Sub-Officer/Watch Commander.”

NIFRS Chief Fire & Rescue Officer Aidan Jennings adds, “As Chief Fire & Rescue Officer, it is my privilege to publicly recognise our employees across Southern Area Command and to thank them for dedicated years of service in keeping people safe.”


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