Tayside and Central Scotland

'Backdraft' fire training unit opened

Firefighters
Image caption The facility will train firefighters in how to deal with dangerous compartment fires

A new centre that will train firefighters in how to deal with dangerous "backdraft" and "flashover" conditions has been opened.

The £250,000 unit will simulate the extreme temperatures found in enclosed compartment fires in buildings and on ships.

Central Scotland Fire Service said it was a "ground-breaking" facility.

It has been built on the former Kincardine Power Station site next to Clackmannanshire Bridge.

The convener of Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Board, Alan Nimmo, officially opened the Carbonaceous Firefighting Training Unit following two months of trials.

Chief Fire Officer Kenneth Taylor said: "This is a great step forward for the service.

"The new unit will allow us to deliver fire behaviour training to our firefighters and officers giving them the skills, knowledge and understanding to deal with incidents effectively, efficiently and most importantly, safely."

The centre, built by Kiddie Fire Trainers, will also be used by the police and ambulance service for training.

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