National Trust and SFRS partner to protect historic artefacts


Clandon Park, one of the few places protected by the National Trust.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has partnered with the National Trust for Scotland in an attempt to protect the country’s historical buildings in emergency situations.

The partnership comes in response to fires at the Glasgow School of Art in 2014 and at Clandon Park last year. It is hoped that the coalition will help to protect the National Trust’s historic artwork and artefacts.

The plan will give local fire services plans to Trust properties in their area, as well as including lists of “priority objects” that are to be saved first in the case of an emergency.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will also be training staff by running plans to help them refine their responses in the case of an emergency.

Conservator Julie Bon has led the emergency plans.

She said: “We are taking a proactive approach to make sure that, should the worst ever happen, the preparation and procedures are in place to keep our properties and collections as safe as they can be.”

Bruce Farquharson is the Group Manager for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and has been heavily involved in the partnership. He says, “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is proud to be working closely with the National Trust for Scotland to help better protect the country’s most valuable pieces and buildings.”

The National Trust will be hosting familiarisation visits, allowing local fire crews to visit all of their properties and acquaint themselves with the layouts of the buildings, as well as viewing some of the key collection pieces.

The partnership was first tested out last year at Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire, where a trial simulating a major fire took place.

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