First Aberdeen donate bus to aid the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
First Aberdeen have donated a bus to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), Portlethen Training Centre in Aberdeen, which will help train operational firefighters for a variety of emergency situations they have to deal with.
Crews will use the asset to hone their skills in preparation for responding to road traffic collisions - specifically those that involve large vehicles.
The bus was due to be scrapped by the team at King Street depot but will now instead be repurposed for RTC, Heavy Rescue Training, at the Portlethen Training Centre, where crews from Aberdeen and across the SFRS will have the ability to train in an actual PSV
Depot Engineering Manager for First Aberdeen, Michael Smith, delivered the vehicle personally to the Portlethen Training Centre and is thrilled to be able to help out the team who do so much for their local community.
He said: “First Aberdeen are delighted to be able to support and aid the training of local firefighters in Aberdeen and across the SFRS through the donation of this bus. We are grateful for all that the team do at the Portlethen Training Centre for our local community. They train the operational firefighters who keep us all safe and it is a pleasure to work in partnership with the team whenever we can.”
Gary McArthur, SFRS Station Commander at Portlethen Training Centre, added: “A huge thank you to First Aberdeen for the kind donation of this vehicle.
“This is a huge training asset for the SFRS and will be used as part of our road traffic collision and heavy rescue training going forward, so we are delighted to receive it. We have invited the First Aberdeen team back along to observe one of our training scenarios, incorporating our new bus. A big thanks also goes to SFRS Crew Commander Mike McNab, one of our lead RTC Instructors within Portlethen Training Centre, for all his hard work in facilitating this asset, along with Michael Smith from First Aberdeen.