LOTHIAN and Borders Fire & Rescue Service are on the look out for more retained firefighters, with Duns and Eyemouth two of the stations requiring new recruits.
Retained firefighters provide a vital service to the communities they live in, providing fire cover to smaller towns within the region. Retained firefighters are not based in a fire station at all times, but may be at home or working locally as shopkeepers, plumbers, builders, the list is endless!
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.
The Fire Service recognise that the best way to fight fires is to prevent them ever starting. This aim is achieved in a variety of ways, but is primarily focused on educating and informing the public about how best they can reduce the risk of having a fire in their home.
As a retained 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.
Retained firefighters are men and women from all backgrounds who work on a stand-by basis, waiting to be called out by a pager to attend a range of incidents including fires and road traffic accidents, as well as carrying out community safety work in the area they live or work in.
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.
If you are self-employed, work from home or work in the local community you can still apply, however, you must be able to take time off work to respond to emergency calls.
To apply for a retained firefighter position visit www.mjs.jobs/frjobs.
For further information visit www.lbfire.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for applications is Wednesday, July 4.