Working with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service 

Picture a typical employee of The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Wearing a yellow helmet, perhaps? One of those heroic people that children dream of being – rushing off to the rescue with blue lights flashing? 


The truth is that not all of the people at the SFRS work on the front line as firefighters. (They also spend more time working on preventing incidents, but that’s for another day.) Just as not all heroes wear capes, you don’t have to suit up to work for a safer Scotland.   


It’s a large organisation – the world’s 4th biggest fire service. Which means they need all the support and management functions you would expect in any public body or national business, plus a few you might not. A career supporting firefighters could cover anything from administration, finance or ICT, to showing visitors around a museum or speaking to young people in the community. Whatever skills you bring, you could find a future with the SFRS.  


You might not get to drive a fire engine, but there are plenty of other rewards on offer. It’s a living wage employer and part of the Local Government Pension Scheme, while full-time staff have 28 days holidays a year (rising to 34 days after five years) plus public holidays. There’s a real emphasis on development, with training opportunities and internal promotion. And it’s flexible too – with agile working arrangements, opportunities for part time and job share working, and a flexitime scheme, so you can make sure your work fits around your life.  


Find out about jobs available with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service