The recruitment drive to appoint the head of Scotland's new single fire service has begun.
The Chief Officer will be responsible for a workforce of 9000 firefighters and support staff and receive an annual salary of £165,000 - more than First Minister Alex Salmond.
Scotland's eight fire services are due to be merged into a single force on April 1 next year, saving £1.7bn over the next 15 years.
Community safety minister Roseanna Cunningham said: "I am delighted that we are now at the stage where we are identifying the person to shape, deliver and lead this new organisation.
"This will unquestionably be one of the most exciting fire and rescue jobs in the UK.
"As we approach the launch of the new single Scottish fire and rescue service, the appointment of a Chief Officer marks the latest step in reshaping Scotland's fire and rescue services to ensure they are in the best possible shape, more efficient and effective and fit and ready for the challenges of the 21st century."