|Established||1 October 1973|
|Annual calls||36,069 (2016/2017)|
|Chief Fire Officer||Michael Graham (Interim)|
|Facilities and equipment|
The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) (formerly Northern Ireland Fire Brigade) is the statutory fire and rescue service for Northern Ireland. The NIFRS is overseen by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Board, which in turn is subordinate to the Department of Health. NIFRS has a workforce of around 2,230 personnel.
NIFRS covers Northern Ireland, an area of over 5,500 square miles (14,000 km2) with a population of 1.9 million people. Service Headquarters is located in Lisburn Co. Antrim.
The current Interim Chief Fire & Rescue Officer is Michael Graham.
Organised firefighting began in what is now Northern Ireland in the 19th century. In 1800, the Belfast Borough Police were established and firefighting was one of their duties.The firefighting units were later separated from the police to form the Belfast Fire Brigade.
Until World War II, towns had their own fire services. In 1942, Northern Ireland's fire services were amalgamated into one, though they were separate from the National Fire Service that covered the rest of the United Kingdom.After the war, the service was split into the re-established Belfast Fire Brigade and the Northern Ireland Fire Authority, which covered the rest of Northern Ireland.
On 1 October 1973, the two fire services were merged into a single service, named Northern Ireland Fire Brigade. In 2006, the service adopted its current name of Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.
NIFRS has 68 fire stations split into four geographical command areas.
The eastern area has seven fire stations serving 360,000 people in an area of 63 square miles (160 km2). It is headquartered in Belfast, with a north & west district headquarters at Whitla fire station, and a south & east district headquarters at Knock fire station.
The northern area has 17 fire stations serving 489,000 people in an area of 1,308 square miles (3,390 km2). It is headquartered in Ballymena, with district headquarters at Ballymena, Coleraine, and Glengormley.
The southern area has 23 fire stations serving 595,000 people in an area of 1,454 square miles (3,770 km2). It is headquartered in Portadown, with district headquarters in Bangor, Downpatrick, Newry, and Portadown.
The western area has 20 fire stations serving 450,000 people in an area of 2,646 square miles (6,850 km2). It is headquartered in Londonderry, with district headquarters in Cookstown, Enniskillen, Londonderry, and Omagh.
In 2016/17, NIFRS received 36,069 emergency calls, an increase of 7.9% on the previous year. Of these calls a total of 23,740 were mobilised.
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