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Joining The Fire and Rescue Service In Scotland - What You Need To Know

Are you thinking about a career in the Fire & Rescue Service in Scotland? Perhaps you have always dreamed of becoming a fire fighter since a young age, or maybe you are looking for an exciting and rewarding new career. Whatever the reasons for wanting to join the Fire & Rescue Service, there are a few things you should know that will help you to make your mind up for sure.

Is The Fire & Rescue Service Right For You?

Being a fireman is not as glamorous as it first sounds. There is a very serious side to the job. Firefighting is one of the most physically demanding jobs in the world and requires applicants to be in excellent physical shape, to have a good level of education, to understand the importance of teamwork and to show a dogged determination to do the job well. The training is tough and therefore the selection criteria and process for joining the Fire & Rescue Service is comprehensive. Candidates will need to demonstrate an aptitude for absorbing information quickly and for thinking smartly in times of crisis. A high level of discipline is also important together with a respect for superiors and listening to the orders of commanding officers.

Before you can be accepted into the Fire Service, you must meet the following criteria:

All applicants must be 18 years or over before applying.

A multiple choice test must be passed so you will be expected to have a reasonable level of education.

You will be required to pass a bleep test run (shuttle run) at level 8.6 and a number of statutory strength tests.

You must pass a formal interview, a number of vision tests and a medical examination.

This may seem like a harsh selection process, but bear in mind the responsibilities of a firefighter and the decisions that need to be made under pressure. Firefighters are expected to enter buildings, climb stairs wearing heavy gear and breathing apparatus and to carry out humanitarian rescue procedures. It is therefore important to select the right people for the job to reduce risks.

Ready to Join The Crew?

There are currently 8,000 firefighters working across Scotland right now. If you are committed to doing all you can to join the Fire & Rescue Service, you will find a number of vacancies for firefighters in a number of locations across Scotland. You can choose to work full time or as a retained firefighter. For example, if you wanted to stay in your current job and be on call for emergency situations, this may be the option to consider. Of course, you will need to get permission from your employer. They might not take kindly to you changing into your uniform in the middle of a sales meeting!

The role of a firefighter is a physically tough, mentally challenging and thoroughly rewarding one. If you feel you are physically fit and confident you can pass the strenuous round of tests, this could be a great career move that will change your life in so many positive ways.

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