Retained Firefighters

Do You Have What It Takes…

Our Retained Duty System (RDS) Firefighters provide the same full range of emergency services as their Wholetime colleagues – and generally carry out these duties whilst holding primary employment in various other fields. This can mean our recruits bring a wide variety of experience to the role and an example of these wide ranging of roles include; Hoteliers, Bank Managers, Gym Instructors, Project Administrators, Joiners and Sheep Farmers.

In the last 6 months the SFRS have received roughly 1,500 applications from women and men across the country who want to join our RDS crews– out of these 1,500 applications 82 have recently completed training.

When applying for this role – candidates should;

  • Be eligible to work in the UK and be 18 years of age or over;
  • Live or work generally within 5 – 8 minutes* of the station you’re applying for;
  • Be willing to commit to the full recruitment process, including Practical selection tests such as confined spaces, and fitness tests - full details of these can be found in our Recruitment Information Pack and Recruitment Health and Fitness Guide
  • Be willing respond to emergency calls via a pager from home or your place of work at any time of the day or night;
  • Have the express permission of your primary employer to become an RDS Firefighter;
  • Be committed to providing an important emergency service within your community;
  • Be committed to attend a two - three hour training session at your local fire station one night per week; and
  • Be available to attend a two-week training course designed to provide you with the basic training needed to start your role as an RDS Firefighter. Your ongoing training and development will be provided at your local fire station.

*The response time can vary depending on the needs of the Station.

*Please note, all dates and locations are indicative and can change depending on candidate volume and spread e.g Cambuslang location may spread to Oban and Dumfries, dates can be cancelled if there are not sufficient numbers 

The key dates for candidates to familiarise themselves with are noted below:

 

TTM 5  -  DATES

TTM 6  -  DATES

TTM 7  -  DATES

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATION

01 May

25 June

27 August

INVITES TO PST ISSUED

W/C 08 May

W/C 03 July

W/C 04 September

DEADLINE TO SELECT PST

19 May

14 July

15 September

INVITE TO TAKE NUMERICAL TEST ISSUED

22 May

(Deadline 26 May)

17 July

(Deadline 20 July)

18 September

(Deadline 21 September)

INVITE TO TAKE PSYCHOMETRIC TEST ISSUED

29 May

(Deadline of 02 June)

24 July

(Deadline 27 July)

25 September

(Deadline 28 September)

 

PRACTICAL SELECTION TEST (PST)

 

06, 07, 13, 20 June

Venue - Cambuslang

08, 09 August

Venue – Cambuslang

17, 18, 24, 25 October

Venue - Cambuslang

12, 14, 15 June

Venue - Thornton

16 August

Venue - Thornton

02, 03, 04 October

Venue - Thornton

14 & 15 June

Venue - Invergordon

09, 10 August

Venue - Invergordon

11 & 12 October

Venue - Invergordon

08 & 15 June

Venue - Oban

10 August

Venue - Oban

19 & 26 October

Venue - Oban

31 May & 01 June

Venue - Perth

15 August (AM)

Venue - Perth

04 October

Venue - Kirkwall

13 June

Venue - Portlethen

10 August

Venue - Portlethen

10 October

Venue - Perth

 

15 August

Venue - Kirkwall

 26 & 27 October

Venue - Portlethen

 

MEDICAL APPOINTMENT 

Appointments are held at various locations across the service

W/C 10, 17, 24 July

W/C 04, 11, 18 September

W/C 13, 20, 27 November

COURSE CONFIRMATION ISSUED

W/C 31 July 2017

W/C 25 September 2017

W/C 29 January 2018

 

TASK AND TASK MANAGEMENT START (TTM)

14 - 25 August

Venue - Cambuslang

16 - 27 October

Venue - Invergordon

12 - 23 February 2018

Venue - Cambuslang

Courses can be held at various locations across the service and locations are dependent on candidate spread

14 - 25 August

Venue - Thornton

16 - 27 October

Venue - Perth

12 - 23 February 2018

Venue - Thornton

28 August - 08 September

Venue - Invergordon

06 - 17 November

Venue - Cambuslang

17 February - 02 March 2018

Venue - Invergordon

18 - 29 September

Venue - Perth

06 - 17 November

Venue - Thornton

12 - 23 March 2018

Venue - Kirkwall 

 

27 November - 08 December

Venue - Portlethen

 

If you decide to apply, we would advise candidates to check their e-mail account that they provided for their MyJobScotland application regularly, particularly their “Junk” e-mail and “Spam” folders as some servers are automatically diverting to these.

Successful candidates will be subject to a Disclosure Scotland criminal record check. 

Vacancy details will change on a regular basis and so we would advise prospective candidates to review the details on the myjobscotland website to identify whether they would meet the response time requirements for any of the stations advertised.

If you or anyone you know may be interested in becoming a retained firefighter you can get in touch with your local station and they will be happy to discuss the application process and the role.

If you would like to apply in a different format, please telephone the Workforce Planning and Resourcing Team on 01698 402342 or e.mail SFRS.Campaigns@firescotland.gov.uk

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