Fire service launch recruitment campaign for north of Scotland area

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has launched a recruitment campaign to find wholetime firefighters for its north of Scotland area.

Firefighter recruitment across Scotland recently moved to a year-round approach and based on local area needs, and people are reminded that they should only apply for the area in which they want to work.

The area covers Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross, as well as Aberdeenshire, Moray and points further north.

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Applicants for the wholetime role must 18 years old or over, meet the required medical and physical fitness standards and be able to demonstrate valuable skills such as teamwork, communication and problem solving in pressurised situations.

Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Stephen Wood.Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Stephen Wood.
Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Stephen Wood.

Only first applications will be taken forward so applicants are asked not to submit multiple times.

Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Stephen Wood, who leads service delivery in the north of Scotland, said: “Our firefighters sit at the heart of Scotland’s communities and work in a challenging yet extremely rewarding role.

“As well as responding to a whole range of emergencies that may include fires, road traffic collisions, flooding and other natural disasters, our firefighters have an equally important role within the area of community safety.

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“I would encourage anyone considering this varied and rewarding career path to apply.

"We’re looking for motivated, driven and dedicated individuals who want to make a positive impact in our communities.”

Successful applicants will undergo a three-month intensive trainee programme, during which they will learn how to tackle fires in homes and businesses, rescue casualties and render first aid, attend road traffic collisions and work safely at heights.

They will also be expected to learn how to prevent fires and harm by identifying risks and working with appropriate partners to share practical safety advice within communities to ensure that they stay safe.

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For detailed information on the role and what will be expected of applicants, including fitness advice, visit