Scotland’s Justice Secretary Michael Matheson was given a glimpse of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s multi-million pound training facilities at Stornoway Airport earlier today (Friday).

On the second day of a visit to Lewis, Mr Matheson,second from right, was shown the £3.5million training centre.  He was welcomed to the new £3.5million facility by Chief Officer Alasdair Hay, second from left, and Chair of the Board Pat Watters, centre.
The major investment in the Western Isles includes a new feature for firefighters to practice working in extreme temperatures – called a carbonaceous unit.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has entered into a partnership with Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL), whose own fire and rescue personnel will also be able to use the facility.  This will foster a solid partnership with their colleagues at local retained stations.