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NIFRS apologises for failings after firefighter’s death

Firefighter Joe McCloskey lost his life while on duty in May 2007. Credit: Pacemaker

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue service has apologised for failings after the death of a Co Londonderry firefighter while on duty.

Joe McCloskey died hours after falling through a roof into a blazing storeroom while fighting a fire at the Gorteen House Hotel in Limavady in 2003.

A review into the actions of fire authorities following the 50-year-old's death concluded there were lessons to be learned.

NIFRS admitted liability for Joe McCloskey’s death in May 2007 and sincerely regrets the irreplaceable loss which the McCloskey family have experienced.


In a statement, the NIFRS confirmed that the Chief Fire Officer wrote to the McCloskey family on 11 May this year to offer an “unreserved apology” over the tragedy.

The statement added: “The failings were identified through a recent review by the Department of Health.

“NIFRS accepted the findings of the review and has revised and amended policies in line with review recommendations.”