New Fire Board meets

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Members of the Fire Board spent a full day with members of Highlands & Islands Fire & Rescue Service on Friday.

The day formed the second part of a comprehensive induction programme for the new Fire Board, which was formed in June this year.  The induction programme aims to integrate Board Members with the Senior Officers as well as 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.

Andrew Drever, Convener of the Fire Board 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.

“The information provided during the induction programme has provided a sound knowledge of the Service, particularly for the new Members on our Board.”

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Stewart Edgar said

“I am delighted that Board Members have found the induction programme to be useful and informative.”

“Both the Service and the Board have made a clear commitment to its Safer Firefighter Programme, and I am particularly pleased that Board Members were able to witness the expertise and professionalism of our highly skilled team of training instructors.”

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Mike Holme added

“The Programme has provided information on all the activities of the Service, which will further enhance the knowledge of Members and their ability to scrutinise the Service.”

“We will continue to work closely with Board Members to help make the Highlands and Islands a safer and better place to live, work and visit.”