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STRATHCLYDE’S Fire Chief reflects that the 23 trainee firefighters graduating last week are better prepared to protect Scotland’s communities, thanks to the world-class Uaill training centre.
The cohort is the first to Pass Out of the £43 million Cambuslang facility, which was officially opened last month.
Chief Officer Brian Sweeney of Strathclyde Fire & Rescue said: “I’m incredibly proud to see these trainees graduate after completing an extremely challenging 14 weeks in which they developed all the skills needed of the modern firefighter.
“Their courage, professionalism and dedication to protecting our communities are clear to see and the wonderful facilities here at Uaill will ensure they are equipped for the full demands of their new careers.
“Whether it’s tackling dangerous flashover fires, road traffic collisions, incidents involving hazardous materials, water rescue, rope rescue and trauma care, the new firefighters are in the best possible position to protect the communities of the West of Scotland.”
In November, the 23 trainees began the highly-specialist training course at Strathclyde Fire & Rescue’s brand-new Uaill Training Centre.
Purpose-built to deliver highly realistic scenarios replicating the challenging and dangerous environments they are likely to face in the line of duty, Uaill is the envy of fire and rescue services around the world.
Its mock town – complete with high rise flats, houses, industrial sites, sections of motorway and even a railway line and tunnel – ensures firefighters can practice for the full range of emergency situations.
Having successfully demonstrated their abilities in all aspects of firefighting the trainees are now ready to join crews at Community Fire Stations around Strathclyde, but will continue to develop their skills throughout their careers.
Chief Officer Sweeney added: “These extraordinary men and women represent the finest values of public service and no-one could mistake the pride felt by their families and friends here to see them graduate.
“After all these years I still remember my own graduation and this will be a day these firefighters hold dear for the rest of their lives.
“The effort they have put into their training shows how valuable an asset they will be to our communities, and their newfound knowledge and skills are a clear testament to this centre’s immense value to the new Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
“It is truly inspiring to see the talent and enthusiasm on show here today and I offer my warmest congratulations to each of the firefighters as they embark on a hugely challenging, but very rewarding career.”
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