Scotland sets the benchmark for international fire fighters

Edinburgh Airport’s Fire and Rescue team takes Mexican and South American fire fighters under its wing

Edinburgh Airport’s Fire and Rescue service is helping to train fire fighters from Mexico and South America.
As reported on STV News, 20 fire fighters form Paraguay, Argentina and Mexico are in Scotland for a four-week course led by International Fire and Rescue Association (IFRA), Scotland’s largest international fire service charity.
The course consists of a two-week Basic Firefighting course, a one-week Breathing Apparatus course and a one-week specialist course in Water Rescue, Hazardous Material, and Rope Rescue.
Edinburgh Airport has supported IFRA since 2004 and has donated five fire Appliances and two 4x4s – with another soon to follow.
David Kay OBE, Chairman/Director of IFRA, said: “The Firefighters we are training do not have access to the same the level of equipment and training that we receive in this country – that was one of the reasons I decided to run this school here in Scotland.
“The training they receive from my other instructors will undoubtedly save lives in Latin America and Edinburgh Airport should be justifiably proud of its role in enabling this great project.
“Without the support of organisations like Edinburgh Airport – IFRA would not be able to work as effectively as we do and I am proud to say our partnership has had a positive impact on so many people’s lives worldwide.”
Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport’s Chief Executive, said: “It is a real privilege to work with Davie Kay, the International Fire and Rescue Association and all fire fighters from overseas – we are very proud of our close association with them.”
To date, IFRA has sent 50 containers of lifesaving equipment; nearly 100 appliances, including ambulances, and 59 training missions with more than 200 staff members to 19 different countries since its formation in 2001.
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