£30k train­ing house opens for 999 crews

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A CUS­TOM-BUILT house where fire­fight­ers and emer­gency ser­vices can learn about peo­ple with con­di­tions such as de­men­tia has opened its doors.

The train­ing house, which cost £30,000, was opened yes­ter­day by Annabelle Ewing MSP, Min­is­ter for Com­mu­nity Safety.

It will be used as a means of train­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of Scot­land’s com­mu­ni­ties al­low­ing them to re­ceive greater sup­port to stay safe at home.

The Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice un­veiled the new fa­cil­ity at its head­quar­ters in Cam­bus­lang, near Glas­gow.

Crews will be trained at the Safe and Well House which recre­ates a do­mes­tic en­vi­ron­ment with hid­den haz­ards.

It is de­signed to as­sist a grow­ing el­derly pop­u­la­tion and teach mem­bers of emer­gency ser­vices and fam­ily mem­bers to look out for signs of dan­ger that could lead to slips and trips.

Rooms con­tain items such as locks on stoves which can be used by car­ers be­fore leav­ing a vul­ner­a­ble per­son. Piles of news­pa­pers lit­ter the hall of the house while up­stairs in the bed­room, mo­bile phones and hair straight­en­ers are strewn across the du­vet.

As­sis­tant Chief Of­fi­cer David McGown said: “The main pur­pose is to train fire­fight­ers about po­ten­tial dan­gers within the home.

“The Safe and Well House is a new and dy­namic fa­cil­ity at our Na­tional Train­ing Cen­tre in Cam­bus­lang and the po­ten­tial here is in­cred­i­ble.

“What was pre­vi­ously a tra­di­tional fire­fight­ing train­ing fa­cil­ity now recre­ates a do­mes­tic en­vi­ron­ment, en­abling fire­fight­ers to un­der­take train­ing on home safety and com­mu­nity is­sues.”

The fire ser­vice hopes it will pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion and hous­ing, the NHS, the other blue light ser­vices and the third sec­tor who deal with vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.

Ms Ewing said: “The Safe and Well House, will con­trib­ute to our col­lec­tive aim of im­prov­ing fire safety within Scot­tish homes.”

As­sis­tant Chief Of­fi­cer David McGown

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