Our new £12 million training centre…

On Thursday 8 March we broke ground on a new multi-million pound training centre at Newbridge, Edinburgh.

The £12million investment to enhance the safety of Scotland’s communities is scheduled for completion in March 2019.

architecture image of training centre, Newbridgeimage credit - Smith Scott Mullan Associates 


The state-of-the-art hub will be used to train more than 1600 frontline firefighters annually, benefiting 60 community fire stations - from the Scottish Borders to Stirling and Fife forming just one part of an extensive SFRS training network. 

Talking about the project Chief Officer Alasdair Hay said: “There can be no clearer indication of our commitment to both our communities and our firefighters than the significant investment in this new training facility.


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“It will ensure that our firefighters are trained to work through some of the most hostile environments and disaster scenarios - and reach people at times of need - using the very latest simulation technology.

“Today’s firefighter has to be properly trained and equipped to not only respond to our core duty but new and emerging risks such as terrorism and a growing elderly population increasingly calling on our support to stay safe.

“This is a momentous occasion as we continue to move forward in also harnessing the very latest firefighting technologies, setting the benchmark of a truly world class fire and rescue service.”


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The site will host a number of training facilities, including:

  • Classroom learning
  • Road traffic collision (RTC)
  • Compartment fire behaviour training (CFBT)
  • Domestic building training
  • Drill square
  • Industrial and commercial buildings
  • Urban search and rescue
  • Petrochemical
  • Silo
  • Working at heights


Did you know:

  • £12 million is being invested in the site at Newbridge *inclusive of VAT
  • It will be used to train more than 1600 firefighters each year
  • More than 60 community fire stations will benefits from the new state of the art technology at the training centre
  • Firefighters will train in temperatures up to 600C
  • 6550 cubic meters of muck/topsoil has been moved*
  • 510 cubic meters of concrete has been poured*
  • 1KM of drainage has been laid*
  • 620 cubic meters of tar has been laid*
  • 105 tonnes of structural steel has been erected*
  • 580m of kerbing has been laid*

*Figures accurate as of 31 May 2018