In our first Sector Spotlight on the Emergency Services, we hear from Angus Young who has worked in the Fire Service for almost 29 years and has served in various roles throughout. He was offered the opportunity to take up his current role due to his experience in youth engagement.
Can you describe a typical day in your role as Station Commander?
A typical day for me is ensuring all aspects of the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service delivery plan is implemented across all 12 Stations in Orkney. It also involves me holding meetings with key partners both internal and external along with maintaining a vast array of records.
How did you end up in this role?
I have been in the Fire Service for almost 29 years and have served in various directives at various roles throughout. I was offered the opportunity to take up my current role due to my experience in youth engagement.
What is the best thing about your job?
The variety and being able to help our communities.
What is the worst thing about your job?
Dealing with tragedies.
What skills do you need to undertake your role?
You must have good communication skills both written and spoken be able to lead as part of a team and have a flexible approach to the job.
What qualifications do you have?
I left school with no educational qualifications however during my service I have gained various Health and Safety and management qualifications.
Would you recommend this job to young people, if so why?
I would most definitely recommend this job to young people.
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