About the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management
Who are the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management ?
The National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management (NDFEM) was set up in 2009. We are a section in the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government who co-ordinate emergency responses and give support to the Irish Fire Service.
The NDFEM supports the fire service by updating work and safety guidelines for firefighters. In 2013 we published a policy document called “Keeping Communities Safe – A framework for Fire Safety in Ireland" (KCS) This document outlines changes to the standard response targets, the role of the fire service and how these changes will happen. We also published a document called “CAMP – The next Generation - Further Development of Fire Services Communication and Information Facilities" (CAMP) in 2013. This document is about the updates and changes that will be made to the way the fire service communicates and collects data.
For emergency management, the NDFEM works with other government departments and the Local Authorities to plan how to deal with major emergencies like severe weather or flooding. This is a coordinated plan. Different Government Departments have been nominated to take the lead depending on the type of emergency. The Department of the Housing, Planning and Local Government's role as Lead Government Department
National Directorate structure
There are two parts to the NDFEM:
- Department of the Housing, Planning and Local Government staff
- the Management Board
The staff in the Department do the administrative work. The work in the office is split according to the different types of work done in the NDFEM.
The Management Board
The Management Board ties both parts together. It sees what needs to be done and then decides how to do it.
|Mr David J Callaghan||Chair|
|Mr Owen Keegan||Chief Executive||Dublin CIty Council|
|Mr Barry Quinlan||Assistant Secretary||Dept. Housing, Planning and Local Government|
|Mr Tim Lucey||Chief Executive||Cork County Council|
|Mr Kevin Kelly||A/Chief Executive||Galway County Council|
|Mr David Carroll||CFOA & Chief Fire Officer||Tipperary Fire & Rescue Service|
|Seamus Neely||Chief Executive||Donegal County Council|
|Brian Sweeney||International Expert||Former Chief Officer – Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service|
|Mr Michael Curtin||Insurance Ireland|
|Mr Paddy Mahon||Chief Executive||Longford County Council|
|Mr John Mulholland||Chief Executive||Laois County Council|
|Ms Clare Tiernan||Director||Dept. of Defence|
|Seán Hogan||National Director||Dept. Housing, Planning and Local Government|
National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management
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