6th August 2012
Press Release – Councillors attend fire board induction day
Fire Board Members and Principal Officers outside Fire Service HQ beside one of the new Mercedes Vario appliances (Cllr. Duncan, fourth from left; Cllr. Cooper fifth from right).
Shetland Islands Councillors Allison Duncan and Alastair Cooper Members, as members of Highlands and Islands Fire Board, spent a day with staff from the Highlands & Islands Fire & Rescue Service on Friday 3rd August 2012.
The day formed the second part of a comprehensive induction programme for the new Fire Board, which was formed in June this year. The programme aims to integrate Board Members with Senior Officers and provide them with detailed information on the operational and support functions of the Service.
Members began their day at Fire Service HQ in Inverness, before moving on to the Training Centre in Invergordon, where they witnessed a demonstration of the intervention capabilities of the operational staff through fire behaviour training exercises. Members then returned to Fire Service HQ where they took part in a number of workshops which provided them with information on the many different areas of activity within the Service.
Convener of the Fire Board, Andrew Drever, said: “On behalf of the Board Members I would like to thank Deputy Chief Fire Officers Stewart Edgar and Mike Holme for a very interesting and informative day.The demonstrations at the Training Centre in Invergordon provided Members with an insight into what our firefighters have to deal with when attending a fire incident, and why training is so important.”