Deadline draws nearer for Berwickshire retained firefighter applications

WIth the deadline for applications drawing nearer, Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade are making another call for people to step up to the plate and become a retained firefighter for Duns and Eyemouth.

The Fire & Rescue Service have launched a Force-wide recuitment drive in an attempt to fill the roles which are vitally important for the safety of local communities.

Retained firefighters are being sought for North Berwick, Bathgate and Newcastleton as well as Duns and Eyemouth and the closing date for applications is Wednesday, July 4.

They provide a vital service to the communities they live in, providing fire cover to smaller often rural towns within Lothian and Borders.

Retained firefighters are not based in a fire station at all times, but may be at home or working locally as shopkeepers, plumbers, builders etc. Working with a pager, when the call comes, a retained firefighter must be able to drop what they are doing and get to the fire station within minutes.

Dealing with emergency incidents is vital and firefighters can often make a life-saving difference, but firefighters today have an equally important role within the area of community safety, in which retained firefighters are extensively involved.

As a firefighter, you would be expected to support initiatives in youth and community groups. Another element of this community safety work is delivering Home Safety Visits in local communities, advising people on potential hazards within the home, how to minimise risks and fitting smoke alarms when necessary.

Applicants should have an excellent level of fitness, live within five minutes of one of the locations advertised and be able to provide at least 80 hours of cover per week, ideally including weekday cover but also evenings and weekends.

Applicants should apply via www.mjs.jobs/frjobs. For further information visit www.lbfire.org.uk or email recruitment@lbfire.org.uk.