IOD Director of the Year Awards

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Chief Fire & Rescue Officer
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service

Gary joined Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service in 1994 as a part-time Firefighter and progressed through the ranks becoming Chief in 2016.  He is passionate about delivering a Fire Service that keeps the community safe, is good value for money, is governed well and values its people.  Gary is also a Board member for the social justice charity Extern, a Governor of two primary schools and a Trustee of the Chief Fire Officers Association.



Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) is committed to ‘Protecting Our Community’. They respond to fires, road traffic collisions and other specialist rescue incidents and provide community safety education and advice.


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