Jordan Ramsey McSweeney from Newtowncunningham is about to begin his career as a firefighter after graduating from Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service today.
38 new wholetime firefighters graduated today, and will now begin their careers in Fire Stations across Northern Ireland.
Mr Ramsey McSweeney was part of the second group to have completed their training during a global pandemic, and they graduated today at three ceremonies at NIFRS Learning and Development Centre, Boucher.
Due to Covid-19 measures, the firefighters were trained in three groups – two Wholetime cohorts of 12 and a group of 14 previously On-Call Firefighters who trained to become Wholetime Firefighters. The 24 new Firefighters completed 16 weeks of training, and the On-Call to Wholetime group completed 6 weeks.
The rigorous training programme allowed the Firefighters to develop specialist knowledge and a wide range of practical skills, including tactical firefighting; breathing apparatus; road traffic collision and other rescue skills; as well as fire prevention and community safety training.
Usually new Wholetime Firefighters graduate at one large ceremony, but today three smaller ceremonies were held, and no family members or loved ones were able to attend, to ensure social distancing measures could be adhered to.
NIFRS Chief Fire & Rescue Officer Michael Graham said: “Today is a hugely significant day for our 38 new Firefighters, both personally and professionally. Completing Firefighter training is a considerable achievement at any time, but especially during a global pandemic, and so each of today’s graduates have performed remarkably well to get to this point.
“I would like to thank all of the trainers and support staff for getting our new Firefighters to this point in such challenging circumstances. Their flexibility, hard work and enthusiasm has meant that although the graduate’s training was delivered in a different way due to Covid-19 restrictions, our new Firefighters have been trained to the high standards expected by the organisation.
“Firefighting is both a vocation and a way of life. Today’s graduates have chosen this career because they believe in serving their community and working with others to make Northern Ireland a safer place, which is the cornerstone upon which our incredible service is built. I wish today’s graduates every success in what is a very challenging, exciting but ultimately rewarding career.”Tags: