New fire and rescue training centre opens in Dundee

Fire man cutting car The new facility at the Kingsway East Station allows Tayside officers to train for a variety of scenarios

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A new "state-of-the-art" training centre has been opened by Tayside Fire and Rescue Service in Dundee.

The £2m facility at Kingsway East Fire Station will allow firefighters to train for a number of incident types.

As well as the more traditional training facilities, the new block contains areas for breathing apparatus, ship firefighting, road traffic collision and rope rescue training.

Firefighters from across Tayside will use the centre.

Kingsway East Fire Station is one of two stations in Tayside that provide water and rope rescue teams.

National centre

The new facility will allow the firefighters based at the station to train for a number of different scenarios without the need to travel for large distances to find suitable locations.

The centre will also form part of the national approach to rope rescue training along with two other locations in Scotland when the Scottish Fire and Rescue Services merge in April 2013.

The new building also provides improved accommodation for the station personnel.

A spokesman said: "This build represents a significant financial investment by Tayside Fire and Rescue Board which ensures that local firefighters are fully prepared for incidents in the communities served by Tayside Fire and Rescue."

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