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Emergency services / Fire fighter recruitment drive a big success

THE FIRE service’s latest recruitment drive in Shetland has paid off after 33 people across the isles applied to become a retained fire fighter.

Shetland group manager Matt Mason told Tuesday’s meeting of the local community safety and resilience board that this level of response was “unheard of in any recruitment area”.

Twenty one out of the 33 applicants have been offered contracts and are due to attend training in the coming weeks.

Some these are in areas in Shetland chronically under-staffed when it comes to retained fire fighters.

Fetlar has one new member, while there are also new recruits for Fair Isle and Brae.

Mason said Shetland is “leading the way nationally” when it comes to recruiting retained fire fighters.

Two extra full-time staff members are also being recruited for Shetland, one of which will be a new station manager.

A report presented to members of the community safety and resilience board, meanwhile, stated that 28 per cent of all call activity in Shetland in the first quarter for 2019/20 related to false alarms.

The majority of unwanted fire alarm signals emanated from Lerwick.