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Bryan Daniels

Farmer - Dairy


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The best bit of advice I could give anyone thinking about going into dairy farming is to go out and get experience first hand on a farm. This way you will know if you enjoy it and have a passion to do it first hand. If you do then studying agriculture in school and then onto an ag college is a great foundation to get the required knowledge you will need in the future.

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Retained Firefighters Wicklow County Council

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Retained Firefighters Wicklow County Council

Monday, October 05, 2015 

Retained Firefighters Wicklow County Council

Cities and larger urban areas are serviced by full-time fire fighters, who work in shifts to provide a 24-hour on call service. Retained Firefighters are employed in rural areas along with small towns and villages and make up about two-thirds of the national total. Retained firefighters are alerted for a callout via a pager system. They are usually self employed and need to be local, as they are required to respond to a callout within 3 to 5 minutes. They are paid a yearly retaining fee as well as a fee per callout.  

Applications are currently being invited from suitably qualified candidates to form panels from which future vacancies may be filled on the following (Co. Wicklow) fire brigades:

  • Bray Fire Brigade REF: 33/2015
  • Carnew Fire Brigade REF: 34/2015
  • Rathdrum Fire Brigade REF: 35/2015
  • Arklow Fire Brigade REF: 36/2015
  • Blessington Fire Brigade REF: 37/2015
  • Tinahely Fire Brigade REF: 38/2015

Candidates should not be more than 55 years of age on the latest date for receipt of applications. Candidates should reside and work within a maximum of 5 minutes distance to the Fire Station as there are strict requirements regarding availability to attend Fire Calls.

Remuneration: Retainer starting at €7,562.00 per annum gross plus hourly rates for attendance at fires.

Candidates will be subject to Garda Vetting. If progressing with appointments, successful candidates will be required to attend and successfully complete a Suitability Test, Recruit Fire Fighter and Breathing Apparatus Training Course.

Full details are available here. Application Forms and further details can be obtained from Corporate Services at (0404) 20158 or email

Closing Date 12 noon on Thursday 8th October 2015.

The CareersPortal Team