Crews respond to cottage fire in Gifford, East Lothian

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Haddington, East Linton and Tranent attended with Newcraighall and Musselburgh.

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service received a call to a fire in a semi-detached cottage in Gifford just after 8pm last night (16 March). At the time of the call it was thought that the occupant was still inside the property.

Operations Control Edinburgh immediately despatched appliances from Haddington, East Linton and Tranent community fire stations to the house where, on arrival, they were met with a fully developed fire. Additional appliances were then requested by the Incident Commander which attended from Newcraighall and Musselburgh. A large number of firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the cottage to carry out search and rescue procedures. Fortunately it was confirmed shortly thereafter that the occupant had left the property earlier and was safe.

Firefighters continued to fight the fire using three main firefighting jets and a number of breathing apparatus teams. Through their efforts they managed to extinguish the fire and prevent further fire spread to the adjoining property.

At its height there was over 30 firefighting staff, including officers in attendance. The cause of the fires is currently being investigated by the Fire Investigation team.

We currently have vacancies for retained firefighters in East Lothian at East Linton, Haddington and North Berwick fire stations.

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.

For more information on how you can join the retained fire service please contact your local fire station or visit . RDS recruitment went live last Monday and applications are welcomed until 22 March 2015 during this recruitment phase.