The Convener to the Board of Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service (LBFRS) Mike Bridgman will formally open a new National Rope Rescue Training Centre for firefighters from across Scotland, on Tuesday (12 March).
The half a million pound, purpose-built facility is situated at Newcraighall fire station on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
The building, which can be seen from the slip road to the A1 bypass, will be used to deliver Rope Rescue and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) courses. Although originally funded as a local training centre it will now become a national asset and the centre of excellence for rope rescue training as part of the new, single Scottish Fire and Rescue Service which becomes operational on 1 April.
The facility, and surrounding outdoor areas, can be used for USAR, rope rescue and road traffic collision (RTC) training to prepare firefighters to respond to a wide range…
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