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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Fire Engines for Serbia

Fife Fireman Donates Engines For Serbia

A former Fife fire-fighter is donating three fire engines for use in Serbia, where the scarce equipment of emergency services means that help can take hours to arrive.

The machines are scheduled to leave Edinburgh on Thursday 3 May 2007 in a unique aid mission organised by Scottish charity Blythswood Care.

Gary Bennett from Rosyth who now runs his own firm Fire Prevention UK will be accompanied by seven other volunteers including a doctor, a first-aid instructor, a mechanic and a transport manager.

Blythswood’s logistics controller Finlay Mackenzie said: “When they get there, the team will provide a week’s intensive training on the use of breathing apparatus and pumps and the use of cutting gear as well as trauma training. They will also set up an ongoing training programme.”

Blythswood is looking for someone to sponsor the purchase of cutting equipment costing £400. Finlay Mackenzie explains: “In Serbia there is a desperate need for fully fitted fire engines which can respond to serious road traffic accidents. In part of the country, the nearest fire engine is four and half hours away – and that is in the summer when the roads are negotiable.

“These engines will have cutting equipment and trauma equipment so that they can save lives on the spot.

”The machines which are being fully serviced include one from Fife, one purchased from Tayside and one from Lothian and Borders. Gary Bennett has helped Blythswood Care before by volunteering to drive aid lorries to Eastern Europe. He says: “I’m glad to pay for some of this through my company, instead of putting names on football shirts.

” Blythswood Care is also sending heavy and light portable pumps to Bulgaria, to enable local authorities to save lives, homes and crops from severe flooding.

Donations towards the cutting equipment and £2,500 cost of transport can be made online at


Monday, April 23, 2007

Party Election Broadcast

Notice of a
Party Election Broadcast
on behalf of the
Scottish Christian Party

Tuesday 24th April 2007

BBC 1 at 10:35pm
STV at 11.05pm
BBC2 at 11.30pm

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Election Hustings at Falkirk

An election hustings will he held on Thursday 19th April in the Salvation Army Citadel, Cow Wynd, Falkirk at 7.00 p.m.

Candidates from a number of the parties who are contesting the election will be present, including candidates for the Falkirk East and Falkirk West constituency seats and candidates for the Central Region "list" seat (which covers Falkirk, much of Lanarkshire and parts of Ayrshire

Brian Ross, who is standing for the Scottish Christian Party as a List Candidate in the Central Region, will be one of those speaking and answering questions.

This is a great opportunity for people to get along and question the candidates - and a great opportunity for Christians to support Brian, as he seeks to uphold the Name of Jesus in the political arena.

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