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The Fire Services (Appointments and Promotion) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1991

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These Regulations amend the Fire Servicess (Appointments and Promotion) (Scotland) Regulations 1978 (as amended, in particular, by the Fire Services (Examinations) Regulations 1985 and by the Fire Services (Appointments and Promotion) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1989 (“the 1989 Regulations”)) which relate to the qualifications for appointment or promotion in a fire brigade.

The Regulations replace references to a fireman in the 1978 Regulations with references to a firefighter and make a consequential revocation in the interpretation provisions of those Regulations. The Regulations also correct a grammatical error made in the 1989 Regulations.

The Regulations impose an additional qualification, namely, that to become a leading firefighter, a member of a brigade must have obtained a certificate in first aid in the three years immediately preceding entry for the practical examination (for promotion to that rank) which he has passed. The Regulations also provide that, to be eligible for that examination in the first place, a member must have obtained such a certificate in the three years immediately preceding entry. As a result the first aid test is omittedd from that examination and consequential provision is made accordingly.

The Regulations also provide that a member of a brigade who has entered for, but failed to take, all the papers in a written examination specified in the Regulations is to be ineligible to take that examination in the following year. The Regulations further provide that a person who has obtained less than 25% of the overall marks obtainable in the same written examination in two successive years is to be ineligible to take that examination in the following year.

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