Retained firefighters wanted!

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

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

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 to help protect the communities they live in.

Becoming a retained firefighter gives ordinary people an opportunity to do extraordinary work, helping to protect communities from fire and saving lives.

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.

Candidates 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.

Bruce Milne, station manager for Banff and Buchan, 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 to work with whole time firefighters to promote fire safety messages, give 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 their staff to become RDS firefighters. They will have a member of staff who will bring a host of transferrable skills.”

RDS firefighters are also paid an annual retainer fee plus additional payments for every incident attended and time spent on courses and training nights.

There is a rigorous recruitment process and full details can be found at www.firescotland.gov.uk