Fire Fighters wanted in Shire

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is looking for new retained firefighters to help protect communities in Aberdeenshire and Moray.

The latest phase of RDS (Retained Duty System) recruitment campaign opens this week and applicants have three weeks to express an interest in joining the service as a part-time firefighter.

There are currently vacancies at community fire stations in Alford, Balmoral, Banchory, Banff, Buckie, Ellon, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Inverurie, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Turriff, Cullen, Forres, Lossiemouth and Rothes.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is encouraging men and women to apply in order to help protect the communities in which they live. Becoming a retained firefighter brings with it a tremendous sense of satisfaction and gives ordinary people an opportunity to do extraordinary work, helping protect communities from fire and saving lives and the environment.

RDS firefighters come from diverse backgrounds and bring a variety of experiences to the role. A range of skills are required including being a team player, having excellent communication skills and displaying attention to detail.

You must be aged 18 years or over, have a good level of physical fitness, have the required standard of vision and colour perception and live or work within five to eight minutes of the fire station.

Station Manager Colin Westwood said: “RDS firefighters are called upon to attend the same wide range of emergency service as whole time firefighters, including fires, floods, road traffic accidents, chemical spills and more.

“They can also be called upon to work with whole time firelighters to promote fire safety messages, giving fire safety advice to schools and other organisations as well as carrying out free home fire risk assessments within their communities.

“It is a very rewarding job and there are tangible benefits for employers who support and allow their staff to become RDS firefighters. Retained=retrained and employers will have a member of staff who will bring a host of transferrable skills.”

In return RDS firefighters are paid an annual retainer fee plus additional payments for every incident attended and time spent on all activity including training nights, community engagement and courses.