Search is on to find more retained firefighters for Galloway

Getting to know your fire appliance.
Getting to know your fire appliance.

The largest recruitment drive for retained firefighters for many years is taking place in Dumfries iand Galloway.

A retained firefighter is a professional firefighter who may have full-time employment outside of the fire service but responds to emergency calls within their local area, as and when required.

RDS Firefighters are called upon to deliver the same wide range of emergency services as full time Firefighters, including fires, floods, road traffic accidents, chemical spills and more.

They can also be called upon to work with full time Firefighters to promote fire safety messages, giving fire safety advice to schools and other organisations as well as carrying out free home fire safety visits within their communities.

Retained Firefighters require to live or work near to the Community Fire station they serve to enable them to provide an emergency response service for that station from home or place of work (subject to employer agreement) at any time of the day or night - normally within five to eight minutes of emergency call outs although this may vary.

They often have another job and are mobilised using pagers, with employer approval, or provide cover during mutually agreed times that does not affect their other job.

Craig McGoldrick, Service Delivery Dumfries & Galloway, said: “Our 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, excellent communication skills and 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. You will be required to be readily available to attend incidents.

“Many people choose to become a Retained Firefighter to serve and contribute to the communities in which they live and gain from this a variety of experiences and training which will provide a range of skills that can be used out with the SFRS.”

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 must commit to attend weekly training nights to learn and maintain competency levels in core skills.