ROOKIE members of the new north Fire Board have been witnessing friefighting action at the brigade’s training centre in Invergordon.
The day formed the second part of an familiarisation course for the new Fire Board which was formed in June.
The programme aims to let members get to know the senior officers of the Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service (HIFRS) as well as to give them an insight into what crew have to deal with.
Members began their day at Fire Service HQ in Inverness before moving on to the Training Centre in Invergordon where they were given a demonstration of firefighting.
Then it was back to HQ to take part in information workshops on many different areas of the fire service.
Andrew Drever, convener of the Fire Board, said: "The demonstrations at the Training Centre in Invergordon provided members with an insight into what our firefighters have to deal with when attending a fire incident and why training is so important.
"The information provided during the induction programme has provided a sround nowledge of the service, particularly for the new members onour board."
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Stewart Edgar said: "Both the Service and Board have made a clear commitment to its Safer Firefighter Programme, and I am particularly pleased that board members were able to witness the expertise and professionalism of our highly skilled team of training instructors."
In March, the HIFRS was criticised by a public watchdog when serious concerns were raised about how it was run and the level of training provided to its crews.
A peer support team, involving senior officers from HIFRS and other brigades, was set up to help steer improvments.