Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service welcomes new Non-Executive Chair

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Jay Colville to helm Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service Board

The Department of Health has announced the appointment of a new Non-Executive Chair for the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS). Colville’s tenure will commence on 1 July 2023.

Key role for Colville in Northern Ireland’s public safety

Peter May, Permanent Secretary, spoke on the appointment: “NIFRS protects and serves the entire population of NI, providing a range of fire and rescue services and the Chair is responsible for leading its Board and for ensuring that it successfully discharges its overall responsibility for the organisation.”

He further added: “I would like to congratulate the newly appointed Chair. His skills, experience and dedication to public service will prove invaluable in the years ahead.”

The role of the NIFRS Non-Executive Chair is a significant commitment, requiring the dedication of approximately 2 ½ – 3 days per week.

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service’s wide reach

The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service was established on 1 July 2006.

It is tasked with protecting and serving the population of Northern Ireland, spanning an area of over 5,500 square miles, providing a range of fire and rescue services.

Under several legal orders and regulations, NIFRS responds to fires, road traffic collisions, and other emergencies.

The organisation maintains a dedicated Regional Control Centre and operates from 68 Fire Stations across Northern Ireland.

About the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service

The NIFRS Board comprises the Chief Fire and Rescue Officer, a Non-Executive Chair, and 10 other Non-Executive Members appointed by the Department.

All appointments are made on merit, with political activity playing no part in the selection process.

Jay Colville, the newly appointed Non-Executive Chair, previously served as the Area Director of Nationwide Building Society for Northern Ireland and West Scotland.

With an expansive career across the UK, he has held roles in various sectors including Management Training and Marketing project leadership.

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This appointment marks a significant step in reinforcing Northern Ireland’s commitment to public safety and fire prevention measures.

As an established figure with a strong background in leadership, Jay Colville’s skills and experience could prove instrumental in steering the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service towards new advancements and increased efficiency in serving the community.

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