Call for firefighters in Stirling

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SFRS seeks new members to serve with its Retained Duty System in Bridge of Allan and Dunblane.


The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is recruiting firefighters for its retained duty system, with open evenings at Bridge of Allan and Dunblane fire stations in the Stirling Council area.

Firefighters on the retained duty system (RDS) are men and women who live and work close to a specific station who can commit to providing an emergency response within their community.

Station Manager Brian Fyfe, the commanding officer at Stirling Fire Station, said: “In becoming a firefighter on the retained duty system residents of Bridge of Allan and Dunblane will help save lives in their own communities.

“Just like their full time colleagues, RDS crews must deal with emergencies while providing comfort and reassurance to members of the public.

“The role of an RDS firefighter is challenging and demanding, with officers potentially facing stressful and hazardous situations – but regular training ensures they have the specialist skills demanded of a modern firefighter.

“As well as providing an emergency response, the firefighters may also be involved in community safety initiatives aimed at reducing the chance of a tragedy occurring.

“Anyone interested in finding out more about the retained should come along to the stations’ open evenings and meet the crews for more information on what is involved.”

Coming from every walk of life, RDS firefighters include shopkeepers, builders, plumbers, farmers, secretaries, engineers and directors of companies – as well as people who are not employed.

The firefighters attend their station for a two to three hour training session each week, ensuring they maintain the knowledge and skills needed to protect the public.

In return for their commitment, they are paid a retainer fee along with additional payments for every incident and training night they attend.

Station Manager Fyfe added: “Serving as a firefighter on the retained duty system makes an incredibly valuable contribution to the safety of your families and neighbours, helping to ensure they are protected by specialist fire and rescue cover.

“It is also an enjoyable and fulfilling role, with the camaraderie between firefighters seeing crew members make lifelong friendships.

“To become a firefighter you must be 18 years of age or older, be physically fit and healthy, with good unaided vision and colour perception.

“You also have to be seriously committed to helping provide an invaluable emergency service for your community, and have the express permission of your primary employer.”

Bridge of Allan Fire Station holds its information night on Monday, July 29, from 6:30 to 8:30pm. The information night in Dunblane Fire Station takes place on Wednesday, July 31, from 7 to 9pm.

Various contracts are available for those considering becoming an RDS firefighter and applications should be submitted online via