Wholetime Firefighter

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Ref no: SFRS00854
Closes: Monday, 18th December 2017
Published: Thursday, 30th November 2017
Location: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service - Various Locations
Salary: £22,237 per year
Hours: 42.00 hours per week
Contract Type: Permanent
Position Type: Full Time
Organisation: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
Category: Fire and Rescue
Sub-category: Wholetime

Do you want to help saves lives?


The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is offering an exciting opportunity to join our team and become a Wholetime Firefighter.


Our ambition is to attract and recruit the very best people who are drawn from all walks of life, representing our diverse communities – to work together for a safer Scotland.


In other words we want people like you.


If you have never considered a career with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service before, then perhaps it is time to think again . . . . .




We don’t just fight fire. We respond to a whole range of emergencies such as flooding and rescue from height.


The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has an equally important role in prevention – reaching out to assist and support people to stay safe.


Firefighters sit at the very heart of their communities.


They carry out vital home safety checks for families and in particular the vulnerable. They also work with our children in schools, through youth groups and engage with the elderly through strong partnership working with voluntary organisations and healthcare partners. 


The SFRS has worked to significantly reduce the number of fires, but Scotland faces new and emerging risks. 


We are involving our people and our communities in the expansion of the Firefighter role to meet those risks which include severe weather related flooding and a growing elderly population increasingly calling on our support to stay safe.


A career in the SFRS is wide and varied with excellent learning and promotional opportunities, a competitive salary and attractive pension scheme, generous annual leave entitlement and a range of family friendly policies - including those that promote a work life balance. 


Our staff have access to gym facilities, health and wellbeing services and a wide range of employee benefits.




Applicants must be aged 18 years of age or over, at the date of application, and have a good level of physical fitness to meet the required standards for the role.  Exceptional team working, communication and problem solving skills are also essential.


A minimum of National 4 Mathematics or equivalent is desirable, as is a valid UK Driving Licence.


Candidates should note that we have vacancies across all of Scotland and applicants must be prepared to work anywhere.   Where feasible, the SFRS shall endeavour to post applicants as near to their home address as possible; however please be aware this cannot be guaranteed. 


If you think you have the right skills and are committed to a challenging but rewarding career, supporting public life and our communities – then we welcome your application.


Full details of the role and our selection process can be found within the recruitment information pack and on our website.  Applicants are asked to review this detailed information prior to submitting their application.  Following your application, candidates are asked to regularly review our website for up-to-date information including the selection timetable and Frequently Asked Questions regarding the process.


Successful applicants will be required to undertake and pass a full medical and eyesight examination prior to joining us.


Candidates should also note that this post is subject to the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exemptions) Scotland Order 2003, therefore the successful candidates will be subject to a Standard Disclosure record check through Disclosure Scotland.


The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is an Equal Opportunities employer and encourage applications from all sectors of the community.  In addition, we are committed to being a “Disability Confident Employer” and will ensure that all applicants who declare a disability and meet the minimum criteria at each stage of the process, will be invited to attend for interview.

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