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Press Release - Work to start on new Fire Behaviour Training Centre
Posted on 01/08/2012

Construction work has recently started on a new fire behaviour training centre at Exeter International Airport.

Interserve has been awarded the £3.35 million construction contract by Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, which is due for completion in spring 2013. A formal ground breaking ceremony, attended by distinguished guests, was held on Friday afternoon to celebrate commencement of the unique project.

The building will be used by Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service to train its firefighters.

It will provide facilities for fire behaviour training and hot fire and foam training. The facility will also include mock-up houses and an aeroplane to practice specialised firefighting techniques.

Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell, of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, said: "The new facilities will improve airport and local authority firefighter training and the safety of the public. Professional training is a priority for the Service and this centre will provide us and the airport with an enhanced capability.

"Our Breathing Apparatus instructors are highly-regarded on a national level and we will continue to train firefighters from all over the country and Europe through our Training Academy. We have a national and international reputation and our courses are accredited and quality assured.”

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service already has a base at the airport, which was established in 2000, but the new investment will represent a major enhancement of those facilities.

The site will also accommodate an emergency command unit, welfare facilities, lecture theatres and general administration.
Matt Roach, managing director of Exeter Airport, welcoming the development, said: “The joint fire training ground is a unique development and is hugely positive in terms of the training resource that can be provided for both the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service and the airport fire team.“

“We have a very good relationship with the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, and see this as a milestone initiative within the UK Fire Rescue Services which will take the training facilities at the airport to a new level.”

Richard Ellis, South West Director for Interserve said: “We are delighted to have commenced on site, which is celebrated today with the sod cutting ceremony.”
“Working closely with our client Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, Exeter Airport and our professional team colleagues, we look forward to delivering a fantastic state of the art fire behaviour training centre.”

Note to newsdesks
Media Invite
The media are invited to attend a turf cutting ceremony at Exeter International Airport on Friday 3 August, at 2pm, for interviews and photographs.

• Umbrellas will be provided but it would be advisable for guests to bring their own if they have them.

• Suitable, toe covering, sturdy foot wear that provides adequate ankle support will also be required as the ceremony will be taking place on a construction site.

• If people can car share as much as possible to reduce the number of vehicles accessing the site.

• Directions to the site are: Access is off Honiton road past the Eon Energy Centre at Sky Park which is currently under construction. Guests will have to proceed to security point A where there will be an Interserve representative present to escort guests across the airfield in their vehicles.

The Interserve escort may be in the process of escorting other parties onto site at the time of some guests arriving, so if this is the case there will be a contact phone number visible to call. Vehicles will drive behind our escort and vehicles must drive with their Hazard warning lights on).

 


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