Retained and Volunteer Duty Firefighters

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.

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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, such as...

 

Stewart Macpherson

Stewart Macpherson

Stewart Macpherson has run his family's farm in Whitebridge, near Inverness, for nearly 30 years - and ten years ago, he added another string to his bow by becoming one of our retained firefighter at Foyers, on the banks of Loch Ness. But his two roles are more aligned than you might think - “Farms are especially high-risk of fire, in terms of fuel stores and volumes of combustible materials such as hay and straw. The consequences can be tragic, with animals killed, and fire can have a devastating impact on your livelihood.”

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Local Senior Officer for the Highlands Rab Middlemiss recognises the importance of Stewart's contribution, describing him as "a pillar of the community". 

 

Gale Coates

In her 27 years' experience as a retained firefighter in Eyemouth, Scottish Borders, Gale Coates doesn't need to think hard about her most memorable call-out - attending a road traffic collusion only to discover her son had been behind the wheel.

 "I think it really made him realise why I missed his birthday party when he was five - to help protect our community. If I can't be there for my family when they need me most, how can I expect someone else to?"

 

For more on what it takes to become a retained firefighter, visit www.firescotland.gov.uk/work-with-us/retained-firefighters.aspx