‘Stay five, stay alive’ message for local Highland fire crews

Pamela Harvey and Martin Bowen from SSEN with local fire crews in Kingussie, fire engine in the background

Electricity network operators are visiting fire crews across the Highlands to promote safer working around live electrical equipment.

Following recent sessions in Aberdeenshire, expert teams from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) are continuing their tour around the north of Scotland and visiting Scottish Fire and Rescue Service stations in Aviemore, Kingussie, Newtonmore, Grantown and Carrbridge to promote their ‘stay five, stay alive and call 105’ message.

The slogan refers to the five metre distance crews should remain from potentially live electricity whilst out on a job.

SSEN operators are delivering a presentation detailing an overview of the electricity network, the different types of equipment crews might encounter and the need to immediately call the 105 emergency line to isolate power supplies and make the area safe for them to carry out their work.

Martin Bowen, Operational Safety Advisor at SSEN, is attending the sessions with Pamela Harvey, Customer Relationship Manager for SSEN’s Highlands and Islands region.

Martin said: “We recently delivered these sessions to over 50 firefighters across Aberdeenshire and it’s great to continue spreading these critical safety messages in our Highlands region, building on the already great working relationship we have with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

“Fire and Rescue crews are frequently called upon to operate in extremely challenging conditions without the introduction of live electricity. These sessions will further help ensure they go home safe to their families and loved ones at the end of every shift.”

Jill Graham, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Station Manager for Prevention & Protection for the Highlands added:

“The safety of our firefighters is of the utmost priority, and so we would like to thank SSEN for taking the time to meet with our staff to highlight and discuss vital safety advice for our crews when working in challenging and hazardous environments.”

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We're responsible for maintaining the electricity networks supplying over 3.7 million homes and businesses across central southern England and north of the Central Belt of Scotland. We own one electricity transmission network and two electricity distribution networks, comprising 106,000 substations and 130,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables across one third of the UK. Our first priority is to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities we serve in Scotland and England.

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