Firefighters train using vacant city centre flat

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Courtesy of ng homes

FIREFIGHTERS in Glasgow have been training using the most realistic environment possible - a real flat in the city centre.

Working with partners in ng homes, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crews from Springburn carried out Breathing Apparatus exercises in the empty property last week. 

The unoccupied two bedroom flat was made available to the crews - allowing them to train to quickly and safely search smoke logged flats in zero visibility conditions.

The essential training will help prepare SFRS staff in the event of an actual fire and involved BA teams from across watches being put through a variety of different search and rescue scenarios.

Douglas Miller, SFRS watch manager for Springburn Fire Station, said: “The training was of great value to a number of personnel who are approaching their firefighter competency assessments.”

Area Manager Jim Hymas is the local senior officer for the City of Glasgow.

He said: “Feedback from all those involved has been very positive and it was agreed this was a valuable resource in maintaining and developing firefighting skills.

"Thanks to ng homes for their assistance and hopefully this event marks the start of an ongoing programme of access to void properties for training events.”

ng homes said it was delighted to facilitate the training and help support the development of Glasgow’s firefighters. The association is committed to supporting fire safety and building a closer relationship with key community organisations.

John Thorburn, chairman of ng homes, added: “We were delighted to provide the setting for this essential firefighting training for SFRS.

"It gives them the chance to experience what it would be like if a fire was to break out in a residential environment. Supporting these training days also reinforces our commitment to fire safety and ensuring that our tenants feel safe and secure in their homes.”

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