Offshore fire team will make waves.(Marine firefighting)

A major new Maritime Response Unit is to be created at Greenock fire station to deal with offshore fires all over Scotland

Initially, 50 officers from Greenock and Port Glasgow will undergo special training that will cover blazing ships, sea survival and helicopter ditching. ADO Dave Adam said it is hoped the centre will be up and running next year.

He told FIRE: "The station will get a major refurbishment. It will be knocked back to a shell and rebuilt with a Maritime Response Unit."

The Maritime Centre will funded by the Scottish Fire Service and managed and administered by Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service. Theory training for officers has already begun and in September the first group of firefighters will go to Aberdeen for a two-day sea survival course. …

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