Tynwald approval to be sought for £607,000 fire training facility

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Tynwald approval will be sought in June for spending £607,000 on a live fire training facility.

Planning approval has been granted to locate a number of specially-engineered containers at the rear of the Energy from Waste Plant that can be used to simulate real-life emergencies.

Subject to Tynwald support, the facility will ensure that Manx firefighters can undergo essential training on-island, rather than having to travel to the UK.

It is expected to save £50,000 a year.

Home Affairs Minister Juan Watterson MHK said the need for this scheme reflects the success of the Fire and Rescue Service’s community safety work. He said: ‘The focus on prevention and education has led to a reduction in the number of fires our officers attend. It is important firefighters are regularly exposed to realistic fire conditions, for their own safety as well as the public’s.’

In addition to live fire training, the facility will be used for ladder and pump exercises, aerial ladder siting and line rescues.

Manx firefighters currently travel to the Fire Service College in Gloucestershire for specialist training.

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