Rory Dumigan has worked for the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) for over 22 years. Rory knows from personal experience the tragedy of losing a family member in a road traffic collision. On 1st January 2004, Rory’s sister Oonagh, who was just 18 at the time, was tragically killed in a collision that also claimed the life of her boyfriend who succumbed to his injuries the following week. The incident had a major impact on both Rory’s family and his crew who attended the accident. Since Oonagh’s death, Rory’s focus has been on educating young people about road safety and he has been passionate about sharing his story.

He is one of the driving forces for delivering hard-hitting road safety messages to sixth-formers, young people and youth groups in particular, having developed, promoted and delivered the NIFR Slow Down Programme in the Newry and Mourne area. He has also worked on a cross-border initiative aimed at reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured within the border region.

It is estimated that Rory has spoken to over 75,000 young people and has been praised for the partnerships he has helped develop with other emergency services as well as local school and community groups.

Rory plans to continue his work and is developing a high quality DVD to ensure road safety messages reach an even wider audience.

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