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The Scottish Fire & Research is encouraging more men and women to sign up as retained firefighters
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is encouraging more men and women to sign up and enjoy 'a life less ordinary' by becoming retained firefighters in the Ellon, Inverurie, and Turriff areas.
The RDS (Retained Duty System) consists of part time firefighters who provide a vital service to the communities in which they live and work.
One minute you could be sitting at your desk at work and the next you could be up a ladder saving someone from a burning building and it's this variety, excitement and sense of public responsibility that the SFRS hopes will encourage more people to join the team.
SFRS believes there may be men or women who are at home during the day whilst their children are at school and they could potentially provide fire cover during daytime hours.
To become a retained firefighter you should be eligible to work in the UK and be 18 years or over, preferably live within one mile and work within two miles, or work within eight minutes of your nearest station.
You will be available to respond to emergency calls via pager from your home or place of work at any time of the day or night, if you are on call that week. You will also have the permission from your employer to become an RDS firefighter. You'll also be expected to attend a two and a half hour training session (drill night) one night a week.
You should be available to attend training courses designed to provide you with the basic training needed to start your role as an RDS firefighter. Your ongoing training and development will be provided at your local fire station. Successful candidates will be subject to a Disclosure Scotland criminal record check.
There is also a financial benefit when you join the retained service with an annual retainer starting at £2158, which is split into monthly payments, together with additional payments for every incident and training night you attend.
Station Manager Chay Ewing said:
"We are extremely thankful to our retained crews who already do sterling work across the north and to their employers for their understanding and co-operation.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is also keen to stress that the benefits of the RDS extends to employers.
Station Manager Ewing added:
"There is no financial cost to employers and your employee will receive training from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service worth a significant amount of money in directly transferrable skills.
"Although there is a commitment by employers it should be manageable.
One of the most rewarding elements of the RDS role is combining an exciting and rewarding community contribution with the everyday challenges of a day job.
Station Manager Ewing continued:
"As an RDS firefighter you will not only be making a positive contribution to the safety of your community, but also learning invaluable life and team working skills, which should increase understanding and be welcomed by your employer.
If you would like to find out more about becoming a 'local hero' visit the
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service website
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