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Welcome to 2017, welcome to the NRFA Website

I would like to wish all our Members a very safe and successful year. The NRFA is an Association working to improve all aspects of the complexity of life within the Fire Service for our members. The NRFA has steadily moved forward in recent times in regard to the Services provided to our members and we will continue to do so and in that regard the Committee are always looking for Members that have skills that can be utilised for the improvement of life within the Fire Service, so if you can help in any small way please contact any member of the Committee. I sincerely hope that during 2017 the woes of the recession that have hit our members so drastically will be banished and that wages, benefits, terms and conditions will be restored to all our Members.

 Finally I would like to send best wishes to your families as they too have to share the trials and tribulations that a Firefighter goes through.

The NRFA is your Association please use it!

With my kindest Regards

Sean Martin NRFA Chairman

Roscommon Fire Crews Ordered To Stand Down

Latest News - Castlerea Fire Station has been Closed Down

In what seems like a re-run of the B.A. Dispute of Nov/Dec 2011, Roscommon Fire Service is once again in conflict with its employees as it has issued a Brigade Order which prevents crews from being mobilised unless 5 or more members are present in the Station this is in direct conflict with Local and National agreements, practices, legislation and it is morally wrong.

Roscommon Fire Service should rescind the Brigade order and have a revaluation of the mobilisation of crews  (The situation has arose because of actions and in actions of Management regarding crew numbers in some stations) and enter into meaningful negotiations with the Representatives of the  Unions with members in Roscommon Fire Service.

Union Members should refrain from going to the LRC or Labour Court as this is a local issue with National implications, please recall how you were treated by all at the time of the B.A. dispute ruling as now not only is you job security a major concern but the public that you all called to assist are being put in jeopardy as this Brigade order plays Russian Roulette with people’s lives.

Now is the time for the Press and Public representatives to take an interest as at the time of funerals it is too late.

NRFA Official Calendar 2017

Closing date for orders is 31st January

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:

Last order date is January 31st

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



Meeting Dates

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Annual General Meeting 2017

Change of Date




Hodson Bay Hotel



BF AGM @ 12:00hrs


Members AGM @14:00hrs


Committee Meeting @ 11:00hrs


Hodson Bay Hotel

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


Directions for Hotel

Just put the eircode N37 XR82 into Google Maps on your mobile phone :)


or Sat Nav Coordinates:
Lat: 53.468528,

Lon: -7.988867

NRFA POST Christmas 2016 

Click here for AGM 2017 Issue  of NRFA POST

15th February 2016

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



Check on the latest develepments from Firefighters Unions

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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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