Fire stations in need of retained recruits

Retained fire service crews from across Berwickshire responded to a major fire in Duns earlier this year.
Retained fire service crews from across Berwickshire responded to a major fire in Duns earlier this year.

Retained firefighters are needed at Coldstream, Duns and Eyemouth fire stations, and their commander wants to hear from anyone interested in joing the crews.

Matt Acton, commander for the three fire stations, said: “We are embarking on a campaign across Scotland to recruit new retained duty system firefighters, and there are currently vacancies at all three stations in this area.

Full-time firefighter Michael Telford and paramedic Iain Guthrie provide civilian CPR training at Coldstream Fire and Rescue Station.

Full-time firefighter Michael Telford and paramedic Iain Guthrie provide civilian CPR training at Coldstream Fire and Rescue Station.

“There are three at Duns, three at Coldstream and four vacancies at Eyemouth.”

Ideally, he would like to have 10 members of staff at each station to allow for call-out flexibility.

A fire appliance can be sent out with a crew of four, although five is the ideal minimum number.

“To become a retained firefighter, you need to live or work around five minutes from the station,” said Matt.

Watch manager Alastair Young at Coldstream Fire Station.

Watch manager Alastair Young at Coldstream Fire Station.

“You must be 18 years or over, have a good level of physical fitness and have the required standard of vision and colour perception.”

In an effort to attract more recruits, the service is working more flexibly, and it is possible for firefighters to turn out for a different unit during working hours if they don’t work and live in the same place.

Matt can be contacted on 01361 884504 or 07789 745915 or via email at matt.acton@firescotland.gov.uk

Watch manager Alastair Young with crew manager Iain Guthrie at Coldstream Fire and Rescue Unit.

Watch manager Alastair Young with crew manager Iain Guthrie at Coldstream Fire and Rescue Unit.