Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service first recruits in nearly four years have been unveiled at a passing out ceremony at Limerick Fire Station on Mulgrave Street.
Five new firefighters have joined the service after completing a rigourous 13 week training course.
The recruits were selected from over 400 applicants following an intensive recruitment and selection process.
They are Des Fitzgerald, a former fitness instructor from Bengal Terrace in the city; former aircraft worker Brian Sheehy, from Southill; Michael Mooney, a UL engineering graduate from Murroe; Danny O’Connor, a former retained firefighter from Ennis and Trevor Slattery, an ex-member of the Defence Forces from Clarecastle.
They were trained in Ennis and Dublin - just the second class of recruits to be trained in Ireland since 2008, with previous training being held in Lancashire in the UK. The recruits were put through their paces by nstructors from Limerick Fire Service and members of Dublin Fire Brigade.
The passing out ceremony and display was attended by the Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Jim Long, the now-former City Manager Tom Mackey, Chief Fire Officer Michael Ryan and elected members of Limerick City Council.
Limerick City Council’s Director of Services for the Environment and Emergency Services, Caroline Curley, said she was “delighted to welcome our five new fire fighters on board here in Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service”.
“I’m delighted that they were able to complete their training in Ireland and I wish them all the best of luck in their future careers here in Limerick,” added Ms Curley.
New recruit Des Fitzgerald said he had always wanted to join the fire service.
“It has always been my ambition to be a fire fighter and I never gave up on the idea. I am honoured and proud to be a fire fighter in Limerick city,” he said.
The recruits were put through an intensive training regime which covered pump and ladder drills, breathing apparatus training, compartment fire behaviour training, road traffic accident rescue and emergency first responder medical training. They demonstrated a possible spinal injury rescue at the graduation ceremony.