Irvine: A firefighter training day will take place at the high apartments in Doon Court

Fire crews will hold a large training exercise in the Irvine Highlands this week, with more than 60 people involved in the two-day drill.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will carry out a controlled multi-agency fire drill at the disused multi-storey flats at Doon Court.

Firefighters will train alongside colleagues from Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service in disused parts of buildings throughout Wednesday 8th December and Thursday 9th December.

Credit: Charlie Gilmour

This will involve a significant presence of emergency services around buildings and surrounding areas, with artificial smoke likely to be visible from afar.

The exercise will involve more than 60 people, including emergency service workers and volunteers in a role-playing simulation.

Area Commander Ian McMeekin said: “I would like to remind the public that this is a controlled event and not to be alarmed by the large presence in the area on Wednesday and Thursday.

Irvine Times: Credit: Charlie GilmourCredit: Charlie Gilmour

“Exercises like this are important and extremely useful for our firefighters to practice protecting our communities alongside emergency service colleagues in a unique and dynamic environment – ​​and follow several months of planning.

“This has also been made possible thanks to the invaluable support of our partners at North Ayrshire Council.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local authority, the community and our partners for their continued support.”

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