Retained firefighters sought for Ballincollig

Retained firefighters sought for Ballincollig

Station officer Mark Bernardi along with firefighters David Healy and Colin Weste, part of the retained firefighting service based in Ballincollig pictured as Cork City Council announced plans to recruit additional retained firefighters for the Cork town. Details available on http://corkcity.ie/recruit

Retained firefighters in Ballincollig are being recruited by Cork City Council and members of the local community are being encouraged to apply.

The retained fire service employs people in the locality to quickly respond to emergency incidents in their surrounding area.

These roles are suited to people who live and work within the catchment area of Ballincollig fire station or who are looking to move there.

Applicants for the retained service must be able to respond to calls within a designated time by living and working within 3 km of the fire station, be aged between 18 and 55, and be able to successfully complete a series of fitness and suitability assessments.

The station in Ballincollig is operational 24/7 and responds to approximately 250 call-outs per year. Full training will be given to the successful candidates, and the roles are remunerated.

Chief Fire Officer for Cork City Fire Brigade John Ryan, said: “Ballincollig is an area of rapid growth, and we are committed to ensuring the best possible service to meet the needs of that growing community. Our retained firefighters benefit from extensive training.

“There are people who live and work in Ballincollig who are perfectly suited to a role of this nature. Likewise, the circumstances of others may have changed, and they may be looking for a new challenge. Either way, there are people in Ballincollig who can 'Be the Difference' with Cork City Fire Brigade, and we invite them to apply for these roles."

The retained fire service in Ballincollig has huge support amongst the local community according to Emer Cassidy from the Ballincollig Business Association.

"They are the first line of defence against the worst-case scenarios that homes, businesses and the community will face. We actively encourage people living in Ballincollig to consider applying for these new roles."

Full details on the role, the qualifying criteria and how to apply can be found at www.corkcity.ie/recruitment

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