Cork fire service launches the first 

Cork fire service launches the first 

Max Hayes Gough with Gabor Molnar (firefighter) Cork City Council has launched a new recruitment drive for full time firefighters, asking new recruits to 'Be the Difference' for the city they will serve. 

Cork City Council has launched a new recruitment drive for full time firefighters, asking new recruits to 'Be the Difference' for the city they will serve. 

This is the first time that the fire service has opened to new recruits in eight years. 

Up to 20 firefighters will initially be recruited, with a panel being established from which future recruits will be drawn.

The news comes as Cork City Fire Brigade marks the 100th anniversary of the Burning of Cork when firefighters tried to prevent the spread of devastating fires set by Crown forces. 

Their heroic efforts will be marked through a series of events later in the year but are set to provide inspiration for a new intake of firefighters who will protect a very different city from that of the 1920s.

Cork City Fire Brigade operates from stations throughout the city including a retained Fire Service in Ballincollig. 

The Operational Brigade forms part of the overall Cork City Fire & Building Control Department which encompasses a multi-faceted team consisting of approximately 180 administrative, technical and operational personnel.

Speaking about the recruitment drive, Chief Fire Officer John Ryan said the fire service is hoping to draw the "very best from across the community" - people who are "willing to be the difference".

"The Brigade has a long and proud history, but the common thread is that the city’s firefighters are always ready to protect, prevent and respond. 

"Only the best candidates will make the grade, however, it’s important to note that all candidates will be assessed across a broad range of skills and abilities. 

"This includes not just physical strength but attitude and aptitude," he said

Pictured: Gabor Molnar (firefighter)
Pictured: Gabor Molnar (firefighter)

"There is no stereotypical firefighter - but there are good team players."

The 'Be the Difference' recruitment campaign features Station Officer Irene Wallace along with firefighters Gabor Molnar and Ger Dolan. 

A series of specially commissioned videos featuring the work of all three will be posted on social media throughout the month of September.

Station Officer Irene Wallace said being a firefighter is "like being part of a family" and says she could not imagine doing any other job.

"Every time we climb into the engine on the way to a call, we know that we are only as good as the sum of our parts. "If you want to serve your community and want to do a job that is exhilarating and rewarding, then this job is for you. 

"As modern firefighters, we want the public to be educated about the risks from fires so that they never need to call us out. 

"However, we also need them to know that we are always there if they need us," she said.

Applications for the position of firefighter with Cork City Fire Brigade can be submitted between Friday, September 4, 2020 and 4pm on Friday, September 25 2020. 

Further information is available through www.corkcity.ie/recruitment.

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