He­roes start jour­ney in Cam­bus­lang

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Fire bosses at Cly­desmill in Cam­bus­lang wel­comed 102 new re­cruits.

The trainee fire­fight­ers are the largest in­take of new re­cruits since the for­ma­tion of the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice.

They will now de­ploy into three groups lo­cated at Cam­bus­lang, Thorn­ton in Fife and Portlethen near Aberdeen to em­bark on an in­ten­sive 14-week jour­ney to learn es­sen­tial skills needed to be a mod­ern day fire­fighter.

Chief of­fi­cer Alas­dair Hay said:“It is al­ways a proud mo­ment to wel­come new fire­fight­ers and to greet more than 100 in a sin­gle in­take is a great ex­am­ple of our com­mit­ment to the safety of Scot­land’s com­mu­ni­ties.

“The role of to­day’s fire­fighter has changed - we no longer just re­act to fires but are com­mit­ted to pre­vent­ing such in­ci­dents oc­cur­ring at all and this new tac­tic will be ab­sorbed by our new re­cruits.

“I wish them the best of luck as they learn a mul­ti­tude of skills and put their first foot on the SFRS lad­der.”

As well as learn­ing how to fight fires they will gain skills needed to tack­ling floods, chem­i­cal spills and road col­li­sions. They will also learn how to share in­for­ma­tion with the pub­lic, coun­cils, schools and busi­nesses about fire safety to pre­vent in­ci­dents and save lives.

Big re­cruit Over 100 new re­cruits for Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue have started their train­ing at the Cly­desmill Sta­tion in Cam­bus­lang

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