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Retained & Volunteer Duty Firefighters

The retained and volunteer duty system (RVDS) is a service for the community, provided by the community and we could not keep Scotland safe without our dedicated RVDS crews.

Our RVDS firefighters provide the same full range of emergency services as their Wholetime colleagues – and generally carry out these duties whilst holding primary employment in various other fields.

This can mean our recruits bring a wide variety of experience to the role and an example of these wide ranging of roles include; Hoteliers, Bank Managers, Gym Instructors, Project Administrators, Joiners and Sheep Farmers.

Being a firefighter is a physical job however, just as important are qualities like common sense, commitment and enthusiasm. You will need to demonstrate that you have the potential to carry out this challenging role through a rigorous recruitment process which includes:

When applying for this role – candidates should;

  • Be eligible to work in the UK and be 18 years of age or over;
  • Live or work generally within 5 – 8 minutes* of the station you’re applying for;
  • Be willing to commit to the full recruitment process, including practical selection tests such as confined spaces, and fitness tests full details;
  • Be willing respond to emergency calls via a pager from home or your place of work at any time of the day or night;
  • Have the express permission of your primary employer to become an RDS Firefighter;
  • Be committed to providing an important emergency service within your community;
  • Be committed to attend a two - three hour training session at your local fire station one night per week; and
  • Be available to attend a two-week training course 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.

*The response time can vary depending on the needs of the Station.

Successful candidates will be subject to a Disclosure Scotland criminal record check.  If you decide to apply, we would advise candidates to check their e-mail account that they provided for their MyJobScotland application regularly, particularly their “Junk” e-mail and “Spam” folders as some servers are automatically diverting to these.

Vacancy details will change on a regular basis and so we would advise prospective candidates to review the details on the MyJobScotland website to identify whether they would meet the response time requirements for any of the stations advertised.

If you or anyone you know may be interested in becoming a retained firefighter you can get in touch with your local station and they will be happy to discuss the application process and the role.

If you would like to apply in a different format, please telephone the Workforce Planning and Resourcing Team on 01698 402342 or e.mail