Deadline day approaching for latest round of retained firefighter recruitment - Aberdeenshire and Moray

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Write your own piece of history by joining Scottish Fire and Rescue Service as a retained firefighter in Aberdeenshire and Moray

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Some of the retained stations whose crews helped save an historic Royal railway carriage involved in a serious fire at the Station Restaurant in Ballater earlier this month are looking for new recruits to join their teams.

Balmoral, Huntly, Turriff and Peterhead fire stations are urging applicants to come forward and sign up before the current phase of retained duty service (RDS) recruitment comes to an end on 1 June.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is encouraging men and women to apply and not only help protect the communities in which they live, but to be part of a team which could one day write their own piece of history and be proud of that success, just like the crews involved in the Ballater fire.

Alford, Banchory, Banff, Buckie, Ellon, Fraserburgh, Inverurie, Stonehaven, Cullen, Forres, Lossiemouth and Rothes are also looking for new members of their team and SFRS is encouraging people to sign up and ‘live a life less ordinary’.

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 Bruce Milne said: “RDS firefighters are called upon to attend the same wide range of emergency service as wholetime firefighters, including fires, floods, road traffic accidents, chemical spills and more.

“They can also be called upon to work with wholetime 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.

You will need to demonstrate that you have the potential to carry out this challenging role through a rigorous recruitment process, full details of which are documented within the attached information pack, with further supplementary information provided on our website

Applicants are requested to note the key dates for this recruitment process as detailed within the attached information pack and ensure that they consider their availability to attend on the dates specified, including the initial two-week training course, prior to submitting an application.

To apply visit the website