Retained firefighter recruitment ‘successful’

A campaign by Grampian Fire and Rescue Service to attract retained firefighters has proved successful, according to fire chiefs.

Deeside and Donside residents were urged to consider joining the service as a part-time firefighter. The service launched a recruitment campaign and was looking for men and women who could quickly respond to emergencies in their local communities.

Seven new applications were received in total at Aboyne, Alford and Banchory stations, although no new applications were forthcoming in Ballater, Braemar, Balmoral or Strathdon.

Area Manager David Rout, who heads operational firefighting in Grampian, said the month-long campaign had been successful in attracting potential new recruits across Aberdeenshire and Moray.

“The recent recruitment campaign was a great success that has allowed us to increase our crewing at areas of need,” said Mr Rout. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for their response.”

Part-time firefighters receive a retaining fee of up to £2,821 a year, based on their availability, and an hourly rate of pay of £12.88 when called out to respond to emergencies.

They must be able to get to their local station quickly and safely when alerted. They also need to go to the station one evening a week for regular training and may have to carry out further training on an occasional basis. The number of emergency calls they attend may vary from several per week to none at all and they are also involved in community education work within their local area.

Deeside and Donside have a number of retained stations whose part-time firefighters attend local incidents.

Speaking perviously to the Piper, Roddy Lees, retained watch manager at Banchory Fire Station, said: “There is great satisfaction in being part of a real team serving our own local communities in very real emergency situations.”

More information can be found on the Grampian Fire and Rescue Service’s website at: www.GrampianFRS.org.uk