DUNFERMLINE charity IFRA (International Fire and Rescue Association) has been donated a used fire engine from a nuclear power station.

Torness in East Lothian has supported the specialist organisation, which aids fire services overseas.

The EDF Energy power station maintains its own on-site fire engine which has been replaced with a newer model recently and the site decided to donate the outgoing tender to IFRA.

David Kay OBE, chairman and founder of IFRA, said: "The IFRA assists in 21 countries and has sent 100 appliances worldwide along with 70 training missions and 60 containers full of equipment and uniforms.

"We do not receive any government funding and are solely dependent on donations and fundraising.

“This appliance will be a fantastic vehicle for us to use and train international firefighters in modern techniques that they can apply in their own home countries allowing them to save lives and stay safer whilst carrying out their duties.

"EDF, working in partnership with IFRA, will be responsible for making these firefighters better, safer firefighters."

The keys for the appliance were handed over by Torness station director Tam Al-Bishawi, who said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to help IFRA in this way.

"It was a privilege to be able to hand over the keys to the fire tender knowing that it will be going on to support IFRA’s aim of promoting and protecting the preservation of life.”

IFRA supplies vehicles, equipment and training in countries like Paraguay, Argentina, Bosnia, Liberia and Namibia where fire services are often voluntary.