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Every one of our members of staff plays a crucial role in making Scotland safer.


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Whether it’s our front line firefighters, accountants, fire prevention staff who work with people in their communities every day, or any other one of the wide variety of roles that make up the Service, you can be certain that we are working hard to ensure people in Scotland are as safe as possible.

Working for us is a rewarding experience. Whilst we offer a very competitive salary and benefits package, excellent training, development and opportunities to progress your career, many of the people who work for us say that the biggest benefit they get, is the job itself - playing your own part in an organisation that saves lives.

We also believe in nurturing talent and developing future leaders and for that we need people with the determination and enthusiasm to succeed. As a member of our staff you will be encouraged to follow a Personal Development Plan to progress your career against recognised goals.

Training requirements are different for each role, but we take an all-round approach to your learning and development, so you will know that whatever job you take on, you will always have the skills to do it - and to do it well.

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 Employee Benefits

In addition to the job satisfaction and the pride linked with working for the Fire and Rescue Service, employees have access to a wide range of benefits including:.

  • A competitive salary and pension scheme
  • A range of excellent policies including those that promote a work life balance
  • Excellent training and career progression opportunities
  • Generous leave entitlement that increases with service
  • Access to ‘mylifestyle’ for saving/ discount schemes, including tax savings through our salary sacrifice schemes
  • Access  to benefits such as the Firefighters Charity/ Family Support Trust for you and your family 
  • Access to gym facilities and Health and Wellbeing services and advice

Uniformed Roles

As many of our firefighters will tell you, the biggest benefit they get is the satisfaction from the job itself. Our firefighters are the type of people that want to make a difference, the type of people that want to learn something new every time they come to work - the type of people that want to prevent incidents happening but  are  able to  save lives and prevent damage if they do.

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Every day our crews work with people in their communities making sure that people are armed with all the information they need to stay safe and prevent incidents happening in the first place. That safety and prevention message is a key part of a firefighter’s role.

There are five types of firefighter roles:

  • Wholetime: A position for full time firefighters based in one of our wholetime community fire stations
  • Retained Duty System (RDS): Part time, on a call out basis and predominantly based in some of the more rural areas of Scotland
  • Volunteer: On a call out basis, and predominantly based in some of the more remote villages and islands within Scotland
  • Community Response Units (CRUs): CRUs are normally staffed by up to 12 people who are trained to deal with heath and forestry fires as well as, in some cases, road traffic collisions.  CRUs are also involved in some of our key community fire safety activities, such as Home Fire Safety Visits.
  • Firefighter (Control): Our state of the art Operations Support Centres deal with all emergency 999 calls and the subsequent mobilisation of resources to respond to fires and other incidents

Whilst many of our firefighters believe that the biggest benefit they get is the job itself you can also expect:

  • A rewarding career
  • A competitive salary and pension scheme
  • A range of excellent policies including those that promote a work life balance
  • Excellent training and career progression opportunities
  • Generous leave entitlement that increases with service
  • Personalised range of employee benefits available to you and your family too
  • Access to gym facilities

Support Staff Roles

It’s not just our firefighters who make Scotland a safer country. If you’re looking for a career with variety, a challenge and opportunities for progression, and all the benefits you’d expect from one of Scotland’s key public service organisations, then why not consider joining us in one of our specialist or administrative support functions.

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Modern Apprenticeship

We are pleased to confirm that a firefighter Modern Apprenticeship framework has now been approved by the Modern Apprenticeship Group, with SFRS confirmed as the Employer Provider. This means new firefighters joining SFRS will undertake their three year development programme as a Modern Apprenticeship. At the end of the programme trainee firefighters will receive a Modern Apprenticeship qualification as well as an SVQ. Please note minimum entry of entry for this Modern Apprenticeship is 18, there is no upper age limit.

We are also pleased to offer Modern Apprenticeship positions within our Support Services departments. These Modern Apprenticeships are available for  16 – 24 year olds, and allow you to combine in work training and experience with a recognised SVQ qualification. Modern Apprentices last for a minimum 12 months. During this time you will receive support from both the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and a training provider to achieve your SVQ qualification and make the most of your experience working with us. Our departments are busy and the work we do is varied. Our Support Services departments include Administration, Procurement, Business Support, ICT, Finance and HR.

We will have opportunities in various departments – all our Modern Apprenticeship vacancies will be advertised on our recruitment pages so please check back regularly for any new opportunities. Our recruitment process for Modern Apprenticeships includes opportunities to meet with training providers, see where you’ll be working and meeting some of the people you will be working with, to help you decide if an opportunity is the right one for you.

All of our support functions consist of administration support and specialist roles. Our Directorates are listed below and provide an example of some of the support roles available:- 

People and Organisational Development

We know that all staff who make up the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are our greatest asset. We firmly believe that by investing in their future and making sure that we have the right people trained to the highest possible standard will not only make our organisation stronger but can make Scotland safer.

Roles available within this Directorate include HR Professionals, Learning and Development Specialists and Health and Wellbeing Professionals and Technicians. 

Finance and Contractual Services

We view how we spend our budget and how we manage contracts as crucial functions, and making sure that we make the best use of all our resources is a key part of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s mission.

Roles available include a range of ICT Specialists, Finance and Procurement roles and Asset Management roles e.g. Mechanics, Workshop Managers.

Prevention and Protection

The more informed people are about the dangers of fire and other emergencies, the more chance they have of ensuring their own and other people’s safety.

Examples of roles available include Community Safety Advocates, Fire Engineers and Youth Engagement Officer.  

Strategic Planning Performance Management and Communication

Planning and performance is key in supporting the Organisation to meet its strategic objectives, as is effective Communication and Engagement with key stakeholders.

Roles available include Communication and Engagement Roles, Programme Officers, Legal Specialists, Admin Support roles and Personal Assistants to our Senior Managers/ Directors.

Response and Resilience

Our Response and Resilience teams make sure we have the right resources available at the right time and in the right locations to serve the people of Scotland.

Examples of roles available include Civil Contingences Officers, CAD Operators and Hydrant Operatives.

Do you want to make a difference to the people of Scotland? Find out more about our support staff opportunities on myjobScotland where you can apply for current vacancies or register for when the right opportunity for you comes up.