Helping NIFRS Blue Watch Bangor
Published: Fri, 23 May 2014
We were delighted to help the local Fire & Rescue Service when they needed somewhere for their Firefighters to practice lifesaving techniques.
The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) based in Bangor and Newtownards recognised in the flats at Kilclief Gardens, Bangor an opportunity to give the local Crew enhanced training in a complex building. We are demolishing the complex prior to the transfer of the site to Ark Housing as part of the Social Housing Development Programme.
Demolition contractors, John McQuillan Contracts, were onsite and like the Housing Executive happy to co-operate with NIFRS as insurance was in place, it would not delay the works and the Fire Service visited all neighbouring homes prior to the exercise to let them know what was happening.
Brian Stanfield, Bangor Station Commander, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) who was in charge of the exercise, was pleased with the co-operation shown:
“We have excellent training facilities and train regularly in many different fire and rescue scenarios. This gave us a superb opportunity to carry out a public safety enhancing exercise to test our operational ability to deal with a challenging simulated fire in a complex block of flats. On behalf of the Crew who participated in the training exercise, I would like to extend our grateful thanks to the Housing Executive and John McQuillan Contracts for helping us out with this initiative.”
Michael Beattie, from our Property Services unit, commented: “We were delighted to be able to say yes. Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service do so much for our community it was great to be able to pay them back in this small way. Hopefully, it has opened up an opportunity for this type of co-operation taking place in the future.”