A life less ordinary in Deeside and Donside

Retained firefighters
Retained firefighters

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging Deesiders and Donsiders to sign up as retained firefighters in Ballater and Alford.

The RDS (Retained Duty System) consists of part time firefighters who provide a vital service to the communities in which they live and work.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is appealing to people who can provide the service with fire cover at Alford and Ballater stations during the day between the hours of 7am and 6pm and at weekends.

To become a retained firefighter you should be eligible to work in the UK and be 18 years or over, preferably live within one mile and work within two miles, or work within eight minutes of your nearest station.

Local Senior Officer for Aberdeenshire and Moray, David Rout, said: “We are extremely thankful to our retained crews who already do sterling work across the north and to their employers for their understanding and co-operation.

“Retained firefighters display a tremendous amount of commitment within their communities and it is important for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to support those already in the role by trying to attract more people to join.”

A recruitment open night for Donsiders will be held on November 12 from 6.30to 8.30pm in the Alford Community Fire Station.

Royal Deeside residents can learn more about this different but valuable way of life at the Ballater recruitment event which will be held on December 9.

For more information about becoming a ‘local hero’ visit www.firescotland.gov.uk.