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Celebrating 200 Years of the Fire Service

Emergency Services come together at Skypark next week for a special ‘Super Heros’ event marking the 200th anniversary of the founding of the world’s first fire service in Scotland. Vintage fire engines will be on display and a commemorative coin dedicated to brave men and women of the Scottish fire service will also be unveiled by Dave Adam, chair of the Scottish Fire Brigades Heritage Trust.

The first city wide service was founded in Edinburgh in 1824 by businessman James Braidwood,  after his family business was destroyed by fire.  Andy Carson, a volunteer event manager with the Scottish Fire Brigades Heritage Trust said: “ James Braidwood encouraged the City’s governors to found the first public fire brigade in the world. We are very proud this is being recognised with a specially commissioned coin which represents the bravery of men and women firefighters and the spirit of community protection that endures to this day.”

Our event brings together Fire, Ambulance and Police personnel who’ll demonstrate all aspects of keeping safe this summer.   Police are offering free bike marking and crews will demonstrate CPR.  Andy picks up:

“It’s a great opportunity for children, schools and the community to find out more about working together to protect one another. We will be raising awareness of water safety for children ahead of the summer break as educating children at an early age is a priority.”

Skypark’s Strategic Lettings Advisor, Angela Higgins of Resonance Capital, added: “Bringing our community together to commemorate 200 years of bravery and dedication of our fire service is not only humbling, it educates us all and strengthens our connections to keep us safe. Together, we can create a network of support that ensures the well-being of children and families in our community”.

The Scottish Fire Brigades Heritage Trust community event is free and open to the public. It will feature the fire service mascot Hamish the Firedog, a water safety awareness demonstration for children and families and a CPR demonstration by Police Scotland.

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