FIRE bosses have welcomed 102 trainee firefighters, the largest single intake of new recruits since the formation of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
It is the latest stage in a national drive to invest in wholetime firefighters that inspired more than 5,300 applications.
The future heroes were unveiled at the Service’s national HQ in Cambuslang near Glasgow.
From there, they will deploy into three groups located at Cambuslang, Thornton in Fife and Portlethen near Aberdeen to embark on an intensive 14-week journey to learn essential skills needed to be a modern day firefighter.
Chief Officer Alasdair Hay said: “It is always a proud moment to welcome new firefighters and to greet more than 100 in a single intake is a great example of our commitment to the safety of Scotland’s communities.
“The role of today’s firefighter has changed – we no longer just react to fires but are committed to preventing such incidents occurring at all and this new tactic will be absorbed by our new recruits.
“I wish them the best of luck as they learn a multitude of skills and put their first foot on the SFRS ladder.”
As well as learning how to fight fires they will gain skills needed to tackling floods, chemical spills and road collisions.
They will also learn how to share information with the public, councils, schools and businesses about fire safety to prevent incidents and save lives.
A separate campaign is now underway to sign up retained crews.
These are part-time rolls where individuals, typically based in more rural areas, are ‘called out’ to emergency incidents.
For more information read here: www.firescotland.gov.uk