Retained firefighters needed

Retained firefighters at St Monans (picture by George McLuskie)
Retained firefighters at St Monans (picture by George McLuskie)

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is looking to recruit retained firefighters in the Anstruther and St Monans areas.

A recruitment event in Anstruther earlier this week is due to be followed by another one at St Monans fire station on Monday, May 26 from 6pm-9pm, where operational crews will be available to answer any questions.

Gordon Duncan, the watch manager at Anstruther, explained retained firefighters could make an enormous contribution to their communities.

“Both St Monans and Anstruther are very close knit communities and by becoming a retained firefighter you become part of a very close group of people,” he said.

“There’s a good atmosphere and you feel you’re doing your bit to help.”

Gordon said retained firefighters need to live or work close to community fire stations and have to be able to commit to providing an emergency response service for that station.

Retained firefighters provide the same range of emergency service as their full-time firefighter colleagues and joining up can be a stepping stone to anyone who wants to have a whole-time career in the fire service.

At the moment, Anstruther needs to recruit between three and four new firefighters, as does St Monans.

Gordon, who has been a retained firefighter for 14 years, said the station needs at least four crew members to be 
available at any one time for 
a fire engine to attend a callout.

But, with people having to juggle work commitments, it means the service needs to have a larger group of people available.

“It is a really worthwhile thing to get involved in, he said, and it keeps you fit,” he added.

Potential recruits must be 18 years of age or over, physically fit and in good health.

They need to have good unaided vision and colour perception, as well as being interested in helping to provide an emergency service in their community.

They will also need the permission of their primary employer to become a retained firefighter.

Applications can be submitted online at