LOCAL MSP MEETS PALESTINIAN FIREFIGHTERS TRAINED IN CAMBUSLANG

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LOCAL MSP MEETS PALESTINIAN FIREFIGHTERS TRAINED IN CAMBUSLANG

Palestinian firefighters who received training in Cambuslang met with MSPs at the Scottish Parliament last week (11th January).

As part of an initiative between the Scottish Government, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Fire Brigades Union, members of the Hebron Fire Brigade underwent training at the National Training Centre in Cambuslang – and they will be honoured at a passing out ceremony at the centre today (17th January).

The latest delegation was invited to Scotland after the FBU were contacted by the Mayor of Hebron who called for assistance due to a number of fire fatalities in the city. Along with the training, the Palestinian firefighters have also been supplied with essential equipment and apparatus.

Commenting, Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey said:

“It was a real honour to meet with members of the Hebron Fire Brigade at Parliament.

“The FBU, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and the Scottish Government deserve great credit for this initiative, as the Palestinian firefighters work in very demanding environments. This truly is a vital programme which will literally save lives.

“From speaking with the firefighters, I know just how grateful they are for the assistance they are being offered, and I hope that future delegations will continue working with the outstanding training team at Cambuslang.”

ENDS

Notes:

Please find below a photograph of Clare Haughey MSP speaking with a number of Palestinian firefighters at the Scottish Parliament (taken 11th January).

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Date published: 17th January 2018

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