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IOM Fire Service training facility

11th July, 2016

Manx Independent Carriers are pleased to have been chosen for collection and delivery of the new training facility for the Isle of Man Fire Service from the Bootle based manufacturer SCS (Special Container Solutions)

It is intended that the new facility, which will enhance life-saving skills and resilience within the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service, will be commissioned and fully operational by the summer.

The units will be used to simulate real-life emergencies in different types of buildings and vessels, with controlled fires being set to create a realistic working environment of extreme heat, humidity, smoke and restricted visibility. The facility will also help firefighters to recognise the signs of potentially deadly backdraft and flashover conditions.

The scheme continues the drive by the Department of Home Affairs to achieve additional revenue savings through capital investment in its infrastructure.

The new live fire facility will ensure that firefighters can undertake essential training on-Island in future, reducing the need to attend courses at the UK Fire Service College in Gloucestershire.

As well as costing approximately £50,000 a year, off-Island training depletes the Fire and Rescue Service by the equivalent of two crewed appliances and takes retained officers away from their primary employment

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