NIFRS CFOThe Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Thompson as the new Chief Fire & Rescue Officer for NIFRS.

With over 22 years of experience within the Fire & Rescue Service, most recently as the interim Assistant Chief Fire Officer and Director of Operations, Gary takes up his new post as Chief Fire & Rescue Officer today, Monday 7th November 2016.

Health Minister Michelle O’Neill said: “I welcome the appointment of Gary Thompson as Chief Fire and Rescue Officer for the Fire and Rescue Service.  A substantive head of service will provide additional stability for the Fire and Rescue Service going forward.  Gary brings with him a wealth of experience and I have no doubt that he will provide the necessary leadership to guide the Fire and Rescue Service through the challenges that lie ahead.  I wish Gary every success in his new post.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dale Ashford for his valuable contribution as Interim Chief Fire Officer.”

Carmel McKinney, Chairperson, the Fire & Rescue Service Board, said – “On behalf of the Board, I congratulate Gary on his appointment.  He is a committed and dedicated Firefighter and brings a wealth of operational and strategic leadership experience to the role. 

 “His focus will be on providing the best possible fire and rescue service to the community through prevention, protection and emergency response, whilst adhering to the highest standards of leadership, governance and accountability. 

Gary Thompson, Chief Fire & Rescue Officer, said – “I am honoured to accept the position of Chief Fire & Rescue Officer.   I am very proud to lead the Fire & Rescue Service and to work with exceptional people – both Operational and Support employees – as we deliver our prevention and emergency response service to protect our community.”