Roscommon has never had a female fire-fighter

Roscommon is among the small number of counties that has never had any female fire-fighters.

The 62nd Chief Fire Officers’ Association’s annual conference will take place in Monaghan tomorrow, with the theme of ‘Fire Service Response to Future Challenges’.

The newly founded Women’s Fire Service Network will also be officially launched during the conference, which will feature a presentation from London Fire Brigade commissioner Danny Cotton.

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Speakers will also look at advancing the role of women in the fire service, with only two women chiefs in Ireland, in Kildare and Meath.

Roscommon chief fire officer John Keane says that he understands there has been some female retained firefighters in Leitrim; there has been none ever in Roscommon.

He says it’s becoming increasingly difficult to even recruit men as retained firefighters, and that perhaps the model needs to be changed here.

Mr Keane also confirmed that the recruitment of new personnel to allow for the reopening of Castlerea fire station is continuing.