The Fire Department of Cork City Council provides a multi-skilled approach to the areas of fire fighting, rescue and fire safety engineering.  The Fire Service is staffed by engineering, technical and administrative staff as well as full time fire personnel.  Probationary fire fighters are recruited directly by the Council through a competitive selection process and senior grades in the fire service are filled through competition.  Engineers are employed in the Fire Prevention Section to ensure that the built environment is protected and that all new buildings comply with legislative requirements.