Appeal goes out for new Ellon firefighters

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IT’S many a schoolboy’s dream job - but now an appeal has gone out for locally based fire-fighters in Ellon, with staffing shortages affecting the stations’ ability to respond to emergencies.

Speaking to the Times, Station Manager Denis Beedie said that the number of staff in Ellon was falling, and that new members were essential to keep the town’s fire station operating as smoothly as possible.

“The station needs new on call firefighters,” he said. “Four positions have recently become vacant due to employment pressures, which leaves us with sixteen on-call fire-fighters - the station needs twenty, not only to operate the equipment, but to make sure that everyone else can get time off.”

He added that, although there had thus far been 604 hours over the course of 2011 when the station would have been capable of sending out just one appliance rather than a potential two.

“What we’re looking for is people in good physical health, who live and work in Ellon - not more than six minutes away from the station. The positions are paid an annual retainer, and an hourly rate, and don’t require academic qualifications.”

Denis added that the positions required the ability to leave work at short notice, due to the nature of the job, and that call outs averaged around twice a week for firefighters.

Brother Ron, who is Watch Manager at Ellon, added: “Ellon has less and less housefires. We have, however, attended incidents outside our normal coverage area. It’s a great career - you never know what’s coming next, there are opportunities for promotion and you develop great skills over the course of your training.”

Anyone interested in the positions should contact Ron on 07715705526.