Town wel­comes Pales­tine force

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Cam­bus­lang wel­comed more vis­i­tors from the Mid­dle East this week.

Fire­fight­ers from Pales­tine were in the town to train at the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue’s na­tional train­ing cen­tre.

The lat­est del­e­ga­tion was in­vited to Scot­land through a spe­cial ini­tia­tive be­tween the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, and the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). Eight Pales­tinian fire­fight­ers were trained as breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus in­struc­tors, for the sec­ond time this year, in what is be­lieved to be the first train­ing ex­er­cise of its kind in Scot­land.

The pro­gramme ran for three days, and the par­tic­i­pants achieve­ments were marked at a spe­cial pass­ing out cer­e­mony.

Ruther­glen MSP Clare Haughey, who has worked closely with the FBU, was in at­ten­dance along­side Cam­bus­lang East coun­cil­lor Katy Loudon.

Ms Haughey said:“The joint project is in­spir­ing and it will en­sure the eight Pales­tinian fire­fight­ers go back to their coun­try with life-sav­ing train­ing. Cam­bus­lang may be a long dis­tance from Pales­tine, but I am proud the two are able to share such a spe­cial con­nec­tion.”

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