North Tipperary Fire and Rescue Service had reason to celebrate recently as it was recognised at the recent National Safety Awards receiving the prestigious President’s Award for best new entrant.
The awards, which are organised by the National Irish Safety Organisation, NISO, honour those that have visibly excelled in their pursuit of workplace safety. The award reinforces the status of North Tipperary Fire & Rescue Service as safety leaders within their sector. In addition to this award they remain one of only two fire authorities in Ireland to retain OHSAS 18001:2007 certification, the only auditable international standard for health and safety.
Councillor Ger Darcy, Mayor of North Tipperary was presented with the award by Lucinda Creighton, TD at the ceremony in Galway City. Speaking after the awards, Mayor Ger Darcy said: “The safety and management award we are celebrating here today is another step in improving the overall standard of our safety performance and provide both service providers and the public with independent assurance of a high quality service. I would like to congratulate all involved in North Tipperary County Council on this achievement.”
County Manager Joe MacGrath also congratulated the Chief Fire Officer and Members of the North Tipperary Fire Service on this historic achievement.
Dave Carroll, Chief Fire Officer, North Tipperary Fire and Rescue Services explained: “Our occupational health and safety management system paves the way for the best possible working conditions in our Service. I am delighted that our commitment in this area has been recognised with this award and I’d like to congratulate our Health and Safety Committee and all the members of our service for making this possible. I want to acknowledge that it is only by everybody engaging in the health and safety procedures and the culture that we set that we are able to achieve these awards”.