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NI Fire and Rescuue Learning and Development Centre

NIFRS Learning and Development Centre

Department of Health
Public Body
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service
Mid Ulster
Primary Constituency
Mid Ulster

Supporting the development of world-class fire and rescue services

To achieve its goal of creating a safer future for the people of Northern Ireland, the Executive has invested in the creation of new training facilities for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.

The NIFRS Learning and Development Centre at Cookstown in County Tyrone provides a centralised training function with practical, scenario-based facilities.

Phase one of the project, comprising a six-storey tactical firefighting facility and teaching support building was completed in July 2019.

A second phase of the project valued at approximately £42m will see further considerable development of the facility.

The new phase will provide 

  • a multi-function training warehouse
  • fire call-out scenario village
  • flood water training facility
  • road traffic collision scenarios and 
  • learning support centre.

The project will greatly enhance the training of fire and rescue service personnel in Northern Ireland by providing real-world scenario-based training. This will contribute to the development and retention of fire and rescue personnel, resulting in a better qualified and experienced service and improving public safety. The location of the project will also benefit the local community and the regional economy as a whole. 

Phase two of this development will begin in May 2022 and is expected to be completed before June 2024