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Back row left to right: Graham Touhy, Killaloe Greg Dormer, Ennis Darragh Kelly, Scarriff Front row L to R Ryan Adams, Shannon Adrian Ryan, Killaloe Killian McLoughlin, Shannon

Clare Fire Service welcomes six recruits to the ranks

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MEET Clare Fire Service’s newest additions, six of the toughest fire fighters anyone could ask for.

It takes a whole year to become a fully-fledged fire fighter, and this group’s hard work has finally paid off as they have just finished their last training course.

New recruit Ryan Adams, who hails from Shannon, said he decided to sign up because he wanted to try something new.

“I’m new to the area and there wouldn’t’ be many careers that I would dive into. It would completely my background was as a chef, so I just fancied challenging myself because that’s a lot of what it is, it’s completely the unknown. I haven’t looked back. I’ve enjoyed it from my side of things,” he added.


Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams


Along with Ryan, Graham Touhy and Aidan Ryan from Killaloe, Greg Dormer from Ennis, Killian McLoughlin from Shannon and Darragh Kelly from Scarriff are now a vital part of Clare Fire Service.

After an initial interview, the men attended an intense three week training course, before returning to base to continue their extensive training.

As soon as they pass the fire fighter boot camp, the trainees are there on almost every callout.

“The only way you gain experience is by being on every call, so obviously only the more experience you have you can play a bigger role on the call but there’s definitely the exposure to a little bit of everything gradually,” Ryan said.

Clare Fire Service does a stellar job of helping people out of sticky situations, and we have no doubt the new recruits will be a great addition to the team.


Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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