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Chapelcross fire tenders donated to IFRA

Two Fire Tenders from Chapelcross Site that are surplus to requirements have been donated to the International Fire & Rescue Association (IFRA).

IFRA is Scotland’s largest international fire service charity and was set up in 2002 to assist fire and emergency services worldwide. It helps firefighters and emergency services in countries affected by war, civil unrest and those unable to provide a fire service of their own by providing vehicles, equipment, advice and training; which ranges from basic firefighting, breathing apparatus, hazmats, rope rescue, water rescue and road traffic collision training.

The two fire tenders, along with 28 breathing apparatus sets and 34 spare cylinders, will be used initially to provide training in March to firefighters from four countries who are attending IFRA’s Training & Resource Centre at Thorton, Fife, before being exported to Bosnia and Mexico.

The donation of the fire tenders forms part of Magnox’s commitment to reuse redundant assets or donate them to charity, rather than classify them as waste.

Jake Anderson, a retired local firefighter from Dumfries and member of IFRA said: “As a small charity we have to work extremely hard to provide this service, unlike larger charities who receive funds from various sources. We perform a valuable and difficult service to aid these countries and are extremely grateful to Magnox Limited at Chapelcross and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority for this kind donation, which, I am sure, will assist in saving the lives of people in different parts of the world who are less fortunate than us living in the UK.”

To date, IFRA have already exported over 90 appliances/vehicles and 50 containers full of equipment and provided instruction on 59 missions to 19 countries worldwide, spanning four continents, to assist and ensure safe and efficient operation of the equipment and appliances that they receive.

Karen Bratton, Chapelcross Infrastructure Manager, said: “It is fantastic that vehicles and equipment that have been identified as surplus to requirements at Chapelcross Site and across Magnox can be put to such good use through IFRA, helping to provide a safer environment for communities in different parts of the world.”