A NEW fire brigade partnership is set to improve safety at sea. Cleveland Fire Brigade's Risk Management Service will play an important part in improving safety for people working at sea after linking up with Whitby and District Fishing Industry Training School . Starting in the New Year, the brigade's rapidlyexpanding community interest company (CIC) and the training school will work together to deliver a Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) STCW-95 Fire Prevention and Fire-fighting course. Both the Fishing Industry Training School's facilities in Whitby and the brigade's Learning and Development Centre in Grangetown will be used with the course. The new partnership will deliver the theoretical and practical training needed for the fire-fighting course - a mandatory requirement for crew members on vessels of more than 24m and required by many of the offshore wind companies. Cleveland Fire Brigade is the first fire authority in the country to set up a CIC to provide a safety service to the private sector as an innovative way to generate income and help to safeguard the fire and rescue service. All profits are reinvested back into community projects that improve safety for thousands of families in the Teesside area. Chief fire officer Ian Hayton said: "We are very pleased to be supporting the Fishing Industry Training School . "People are expected to work in very challenging environments and, as a result of providing fire and rescue services to protect one of the busiest ports in the UK at Teesport, CFB Risk Management has the expertise and experience to provide high quality training to enhance workers' safety."
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