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Louth Fire Service seeking new retained firefighters at four locations in county

Drogheda Fire Station
An image of Drogheda Fire Station. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.

Louth County Council are seeking to recruit Retained Firefighters at four stations across county Louth – Ardee, Carlingford, Drogheda and Dunleer.

A requirement of any candidate seeking to become a retained firefighter at one of the stations in Louth is that must be living and working within a five minute mobilisation/response time to attend their station.

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Applicants to the Louth Fire Service must also be aged 18 years and over, meet the required health and physical fitness standards, have a good standard of vision and colour perception and preferably have a category B, full, clean driving license.

They will also need to demonstrate that they have the potential to carry out the local authority call a ‘challenging role’ through a detailed recruitment process which includes a numeracy & literacy test, a fitness test, a claustrophobia test and a ladder test.

The process also includes a medical assessment, a formal interview and a three-week recruits course, couple with a two-week intensive course B=breathing apparatus course – which can be taken within 12 months of appointment.

The annual retainer is between €8,194 and €11,221, while fire fees & drill rates also apply. The council say that applications will be processed as vacancies arise in the various fire stations.

Anyone interested in applying can do so by clicking here.

In September, two new full time firefighters completed the 17-week recruits course in the Dublin Fire Brigade Training Centre, before beginning operational duties in Drogheda and Dundalk. Meanwhile that month, five new retained recruits were going through the recruitment process.

Four of those were joining the Drogheda station, while one was being recruited for Dunleer. Last month, one retained recruit completed his three week recruits course in Castlebar and began service in Drogheda. A second retained recruit was awaiting a place on the same course.

September was also the first month of the first full month of the operation of an agreement with the neighbouring Meath Fire Service on new arrangements for attending calls in East Meath. The Louth Fire Service attended a total of 21 callouts in East Meath that month.

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