ISG fired up with pioneering South Wales blue light win

ISG has been awarded the contract to deliver an innovative Compartment Fire Behaviour Training (CFBT) facility for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service – the very first of its kind for Wales.

The state-of-the-art, three-storey concrete and brick clad facility, has been designed by Lawray Architects to blend seamlessly with the surrounding area and will be built at the Service’s Training and Development Centre in Cardiff.

It will provide an unrivalled environment for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service to deliver realistic training to operational crews in a carbonaceous environment using a range of challenging real fire scenarios.

This will support the delivery of Breathing Apparatus training by improving the skills of operational firefighters through raising their awareness of the significant hazards when involved in tackling fires in buildings. The key design features create a flexible training environment that safeguards and protects the user, the building and the environment.

The new training facility incorporates a highly specialised ventilation infrastructure with smoke capture, extract and filtration systems to achieve zero emissions into the atmosphere. The project is the latest blue light scheme ISG has secured, with an extensive portfolio of projects that includes three schemes for Cheshire Fire service, including Lymm Response Hub and Safety Central, a five-bay fire station and safety training centre, and the completion of a four-year capital build framework with Cleveland Fire Authority worth more than £22 million.

Jon James, ISG’s regional director, commented:

“ISG is passionate about delivering the right infrastructure to support the life-saving activities of the UK’s Fire and Rescue Service. This unique investment will prove transformational in how the current and future generations of firefighters are equipped to deal with ever more complex emergency scenarios.”