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An area in particular that needs immediate attention is our national database. Many of our members have changed address, telephone number, e-mail etc., since first joining the NRFA, in fact many membership application forms were incomplete from the outset. It is important that we improve/update the level of communication with our membership so that we can provide advise, benefits, information as well as be up to date with the needs of the membership. We would greatly appreciate if our existing members can assist us by returning a fully completed form, with particular emphasis on a valid contact  e-mail address.

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NRFA Official Calendar 2017

NRFA Calendar 2017NRFA Calendar

The NRFA are pleased to announce the release of our very first Official Calendar for 2017

We have have teamed with Journalist, Broadcaster & Photographer Mr. Pat Flynn to present a calendar that potraits the life & roles of the Retained Firefighter on scene. All proceeds from the Calendar sales will go towards our very own ‘Irish Fire Service Benevolent Fund’, helping Retained Firefighters and/or their spouse at a time of loss.

Calendar is now available to purchase and is priced at €10 including postage to anywhere in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.

Limited Stock will be available, so get your order in early. Purchase for your Station.

Calendar can be purchased online below:

Or By Post: Cheque/Postal Order made payable to:- National Retained Firefighters Association, along with your name & address to:

NRFA Official Calendar 2017

P.O. Box 999, Blessington Road, Naas, Co. Kildare

Queries on any of  the above contact:

Benevolent Fund Members Quarterly Meeting Draws 2017

  Each Meeting will have a Members Draw

B.F Members attending each Meeting will be entered into the Draw

We thank our Sponsors below for the Draw prizes

Sidhean Teo Apex Fire eielectronics

Chairman Calls for National Fire and Ambulance Service

Whether you are a Firefighter, Chief Fire Officer, Union Official, Politician or a Civil Servant you cannot be blind to the ever-increasing number of deaths that are related to the inadequacies in operating procedures of the Fire and Ambulance Services, which have been in the News Headlines so many times in recent Years. I have in the past called for a National Fire and Ambulance Service and as time has progressed and nothing has been done to progress this the Public have been left to ponder why no one is prioritising the need for an adequate Emergency service with the focus on a speedy response to the large ever increasing number of Emergency type Incidents which will only multiply as the economy recovers and I am once again calling on all with influence to work to provide a Service that will reduce the number of deaths that are attributed to Emergency Causes, I call for the immediate introduction of a policy that will see Ambulances operating from Fire Stations and all Fire Personnel trained (currently most Fire Personnel are trained medical first responders but are not utilised to assist the public) to adequately respond to all Fire and Medical Emergencies as this will be the only cost effective way to fix the current problems associated with Emergency Incident Response.

Sean Martin, Chairman NRFA -

Emergency Service Driving Standard (ESDS)

You may have heard by now some mention of the Emergency Service Driving Standard (ESDS). There are many different ways that this is now being put forward to existing D/M’s and Firefighters within the Fire Service by Fire Service Management Nationwide. Take note that this course is Voluntary and Retained Firefighters should be very wary of consenting to go forward for this test until all the facts have been properly established by the NRFA.......

Firefighters.... Have You Received Your Award?

Firefighters may not be fully aware with regard to the recognition awards for their years of service as outlined below, which has been sanctioned by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. Delivery of these awards varies on a County-to-County basis. We would recommend that Firefighters enquire to their respective CFO’s if either you or your colleagues have may have been overlooked in this regard. It seems very few Counties have yet delivered the Award sanctioned for 10 Years service........

What is the NRFA?

Treat NRFA membership like an insurance policy for your job, become a member if you want an organisation to look after your interests and keep you informed pay €20 a year, but do not contact the NRFA if you get in trouble when you have not paid your membership fee, you cannot get benefits from an insurance company if you have not paid your premium the NRFA is the same, the NRFA is not part of SIPTU or IFESA but we talk to both on your behalf and if the need arises we will talk sternly and in the future if either do no look after your interests we will publicise the matter.

I urge all Firefighters who are not Members of the N.R.F.A. to join without delay together we can make the difference that will get us the respect and rewards we deserve. Download an application form today and return it without delay.

Sean Martin, Chairman NRFA -

NRFA Officers for 2016


President ~ John Gavigan, Co Donegal

 Chairman ~ Sean Martin, Co Roscommon

Vice Chair ~ Tom O'Grady, Co Galway

   Secretary ~ Richard Kelly, Co Kildare

  Treasurer  ~ Philip Bishop, Co Roscommon

  Development Officer  ~  TBA



Click here to Meet the Committee

 Please feel free to contact any of the above Committee Members for any information you require


15th February 2016


Click here for AUTUMN EDITION 2016 of NRFA POST

NRFA Christmas Draw 2016: Winners

1st Prize €100: Frank McDermott, Moville, Co. Donegal

2nd Prize €50: Joey McLoughlin, Buncrana, Co. Donegal

3rd Prize €25: Kieran Carr – Glencolmcille, Co. Donegal

4th Prize €25: Justin Farrell – Navan, Co. Meath


Runner Up Prizes (10)

1. David Toomey, Listowel, Co. Kerry 2. Sean Heanue, Clifden, Co. Galway 3. Enda Connaughton, Ballymahon, Co. Longford 4. Peter Carney, Elphin, Co. Roscommon 5. Joesph Rowley, Mohill, Co. Leitrim 6. Adam Conroy, Clifden, Co. Galway 7. John Conway, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim 8. Thomas Finnerty, Mountbellew, Co. Galway 9. Donal O’ Mahony, CastleIsland, Co. Kerry 10. Jamie Ward, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

Meeting Dates

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Annual General Meeting 2017


SUNDAY January 22nd 2017


Hodson Bay Hotel



Members Meeting @14:00hrs


Committee Meeting @ 11:00hrs


Hodson Bay Hotel is located just 5km from Athlone Town Centre on the N61 Roscommon Road.



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Check on the latest develepments from Firefighters Unions

Click on the Union Logos to find out the latest news

18/May/2015 - IFESA Page Updated


22/Feb/2016 - SIPTU Page Updated


BA Refresher Training

A meeting took place between the NDFEM and SIPTU National Negiotiating Committee in March 2014,  Read Complete Document in Members Section


Have you recently failed your medical on fitness grounds?

If yes, then you should contact your local NRFA or Union Rep, as you cannot be put off call for failing your fitness test. This is happening around the country and the NRFA Committee need to know if it has happened to you or one of your colleagues.

As a serving Firefighter, have you been given a Recruit Medical?

If so, please contact the NRFA Committee ASAP.

Medical Documents in Members Section

Have you claimed your yearly Retained Firefighters Tax Allowance?

As a Retained Firefighter you are entitled to claim your Annual Tax Allowance, Its called  FRE11 Ring your local tax office to claim this


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