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National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management
Welcome to the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management in Ireland. The decision to establish the National Directorate was announced by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government on the 22nd June, 2009. The Directorate operates under the aegis of the Local Government Division of the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.
Mandate of the National Directorate:
The mandate of the National Directorate is to create an effective model of integrated leadership, development support and oversight by central government of local authority’s provision of consistently effective, safe and value-for-money fire and emergency services in Ireland.
The National Directorate puts in place a management structure at central level with a clear mandate and visibility to develop national policy and standards and to drive consistent achievement of quality services by local authorities, while not interfering with existing and appropriate political accountability.
The National Directorate is a consolidation of the development and support functions of the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government which have evolved over the years as part of its role as the parent Government Department of the local authorities who provide fire services in Ireland.
National Directorate Structure:
The National Directorate is a tri-partite structure with a Management Board, a Consultative Committee and the Fire services and Emergency Management Section of the Department. The three components operate as inter-dependent elements of a functioning National Directorate.
The Management Board provides for integration of different strands of service management. It will propose priorities, support policy-making and oversee consistent implementation of the nationally-determined priorities and policies. The Consultative Committee provides a forum for representation of/consultation with stakeholder interests.
The Directorate is headed by a National Director and is structured around four core business units - an Emergency Management/ Civil Protection Team, a Fire Safety and Development Team, an Administration Team, and a Fire Service Operations Team.
Phone Number +353 (0)1 888 2000
Fax No. +353 (0)1 888 2645
National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Managment
- Major Emergencies - FAQs (pdf, 40 kb)
- Irish Fire Services - National Development Framework 2010-2015 (pdf, 479 kb)
- Baseline Study - Fire and Emergency Services (pdf, 674 kb)
- more publications