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Are you passionate about what you do?

Are you passionate about what you do?

Category: Uncategorised    Date: 22nd November 2016       

Welcome to my first Chief’s blog.

It’s a real honour for me to be writing to you as the new Chief Fire & Rescue Officer for NIFRS.

I’ve set up this blog as a new way to keep in touch with you, but more importantly I’m keen to hear what you have to say – so if this post triggers a question or you just want to share your views and opinions then please get in touch.  You can email me at [email protected]

I recently came across a quote from the late, great Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple who said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

As I reflected over my working life, I realised that I can honestly say that I love what I do.  I joined as a Retained Firefighter in Antrim Station in 1994 and still remember going to my first fire call.  As I sat in the back of the Fire Appliance travelling to the incident I had an overwhelming sense that this was what I was born to do.  It was the first time in my working life that I felt like I was truly serving the community.

I had finally found my purpose – and that passion had a huge impact on how I felt about my work and certainly shaped the future direction of my life.

As I’ve served throughout the organisation in Antrim, Whitla, Knock, Training Centre, North & West District, Northern Area Command and most recently at our Headquarters in Lisburn, I’ve come across countless people who also love what they do.

At all levels there are those who display incredible commitment, loyalty, dedication and professionalism.  Whether they work in support or operational roles they work together, and pull together, to provide the very best service for the people of Northern Ireland.

This work ethos is greatly appreciated and highly commendable.  It’s one of the reasons that I am so hopeful for the future.  Knowing we have staff that are passionate about their jobs and love what they do – great work is achievable.

As we build an organisation that does great work, it’s important that your voice helps to shape and mould it.  Over the next few weeks I’ll be meeting staff across the organisation from all areas and at all levels.  I want to hear your ideas, your thoughts, your worries and your concerns about the future.

During these sessions I will also share with you my vision for the organisation.  We know that the future will bring periods of uncertainty and we will need to adapt to changing circumstances, but I am confident that together we are able to face the challenges that lie ahead.

I want to say how incredibly proud I am of the organisation and the work that all staff do – both support and operational – in protecting the whole community from fire and other emergencies.  I consider it the greatest privilege to be taking over the reins as we embark on the next stage of our journey together.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in the weeks ahead.  In the meantime, take a moment to consider – are you passionate about what you do?

Best wishes,


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