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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.

– NIFRS

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.”