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RUTHERGLEN MSP ATTENDS PALESTINIAN FIREFIGHTER AWARD CEREMONY IN CAMBUSLANG
Further to our reports in January, Cambuslang once more played host to some special visitors from the Middle East this month. Firefighters from Palestine were in the town to train at the Scottish Fire and Rescue’s national training centre.
The delegation was in the country through a special initiative between the Scottish Government, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). The project allowed 8 Palestinian firefighters to be trained as Breathing Apparatus Instructors – in what is believed to be the first training exercise of its kind in Scotland. The programme ran from Monday 12th March until Friday 23rd March whereby their achievements were marked at a special passing out ceremony.
Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey was in attendance alongside Cambuslang East councillor, Katy Loudon. The SNP MSP has worked closely with the FBU as the chair of her party’s trade union Holyrood liaison group.
Commenting, Clare Haughey MSP said:
“This is the second delegation of Palestinian firefighters I have met this year, and it is the second time I have been overwhelmed by the occasion. The joint project is inspiring, and it will ensure the 8 Palestinian firefighters go back to their country with life-saving training.
“The FBU, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and the Scottish Government deserve immense plaudits for this programme.
“Cambuslang may be a long distance from Palestine, but I am proud the two are able to share such a special connection.”
Please find below a photograph of Clare Haughey MSP, Cllr Katy Loudon and the Palestinian delegation. Taken 23rd March 2018.
Rutherglen Reformer article on the previous visit of the Palestinian firefighters in January can be found below:
Date published: 27th March 2018