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About the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management

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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, Local Government and Heritage who co-ordinate emergency responses and give support to the Irish Fire Service.

About us

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 Housing, Local Government and Heritage's role as Lead Government Department

National Directorate structure

There are two parts to the NDFEM:

  • Department of the Housing, Local Government and Heritage staff
  • the Management Board

Department staff

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.

Management Board Membership

Name Title Local Authority/Business
Mr David J Callaghan      Chair  
Mr Owen Keegan Chief Executive Dublin CIty Council
Mr Barry Quinlan Assistant Secretary Dept. Housing, Local Government and Heritage
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, Local Government and Heritage


Contact details

National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management
The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Rm. G59
Custom House
Dublin 1
D01 W6X0

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Data Protection

The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage requires customers to provide certain personal data in order to carry out our legislative and administrative functions. The Department will treat all information and personal data that you provide as confidential, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection legislation. Personal data may be exchanged with other Government Departments, local authorities, agencies under the aegis of the Department, or other public bodies, in certain circumstances where this is provided for by law. 

The Department's Data Protection Policy and Privacy Statements, which set out how we will use your personal data, as well as providing information regarding your rights as a data subject, are available on the Department’s website.  They are also available in hard copy upon request from the Data Protection Officer, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Newtown Road, Wexford, email