Firefighter served town for over 30 years

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Skilled crews will stage a rescue operation from height, reveal a vintage fire engine and say farewell to a colleague who served for 30 years.

Maybole Fire Station will throw open its doors to the community this month – and showcase the professional rescue skills of firefighters.

Families and members of the public of all ages are invited to head along to the station in Wellington Street at 11am on Saturday, April 30.

People can chat to the firefighters and learn how they endeavour to keep the community safe while children will be greeted by a vintage fire engine.

SFRS crews will then stage a simulated rope rescue of an ‘unconscious casualty’ from height.

This will involve two highly-trained firefighters negotiating the outside of a building to reach the ‘casualty’ while being guided by colleagues below.

But it does not end there - for firefighters will also be staging another simulation where they will demonstrate how they can safely remove an ‘injury casualty’ from a vehicle wreckage.

This is highly technical work as firefighters have to use heavy cutting equipment while ensuring the ‘casualty’ can be safely extricated from the vehicle.

And the Maybole community will also be given a chance to say farewell to Jim Davidson who is retiring as a retained firefighter after 30 years’ service.

They can also support the Firefighters charity as soft toys, t-shirts and caps will be available to buy. The public will also get to meet with other blue light emergency services including Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

The Coastguard and British Red Cross will also be in attendance at the Open Day which is being supported by Maybole Community Council.