Thursday 16th July 2020,
North Edinburgh Community News

Do you have what it takes to become a firefighter?

If so then the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service want to hear from you.

They have issued a rallying call to people from all walks of life to apply to become a wholetime firefighter.

The emergency service is set to launch its latest recruitment drive – seeking up to 300 applicants to join the 3,000-plus wholetime firefighters already working to protect communities.

Fire Service at an incident in Muirhouse.

SFRS Director of People and Organisational Development, Liz Barnes, says this latest campaign will actively work to encourage people from a wide range of backgrounds to help the Service ‘Break the Mould’ and further diversify.

Ms Barnes said: “We are very privileged to work for an emergency service that prides itself on working hard each and every day to serve and protect the people of Scotland.

“But we are also committed to ensuring that the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service reflects our country’s very unique and diverse communities – and that is why we are actively reaching out to everyone to ask them to consider a fantastic career as a wholetime firefighter.

“You will have to hit a high standard to ensure that you can safely respond in some of the most hostile and dynamic environments as part of an effective team – but equally you will also be required to work with residents and partners to prevent harm arising in the first place.

“We have an outstanding and committed training department who will ensure you are supported and guided through every single step of that process.

Fire Service at a fire at Craigroyston High School.

“But I urge you to take that first step and apply to become a wholetime firefighter.”

Applications to become a wholetime firefighter will go live on Thursday, March 21.

Ahead of the campaign launch, serving firefighters across Scotland will welcome potential applicants at a series of targeted open days across the country to reflect individual needs and requirements, including bespoke sessions for women.

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