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Mine Rescue Service goes aloft to train wind turbines maintenance safety

A Fife underground rescue specialist expects to move up in the world of renewable energy after installing a new high-level turbine training aid.

Scottish Government Enterprise, Energy and Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing officially opened Mines Rescue Service’s new facility during a visit to Crossgates. The installation of a pre-used Senvion turbine, following a £200,000 investment, will allow the group to respond to the needs of the “rapidly growing wind power industry” north of the border.

Operations manager Errol Parish said the project, had opened up new opportunities for the firm.. The company, which can trace its history back more than 100 years, was first formed to respond to emergencies including fires and calls to save people trapped in coal seams. But the decline in mining led it to diversify into specialised health and safety training for blue-chip companies, including major names like Scottish Water and Scottish Power, and now into an industry which works well above ground.

“The vast majority of turbine training centres are located in England, so one of our core objectives is to help reduce travel and accommodation costs of Scottish based companies, by offering a first-class training facility within the central belt of Scotland,” Mr Parish said.

Full story in The Courier here

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