D&A College awarded EV training contract for Scotland-wide emergency services

DUNDEE & Angus College have been awarded a contract to provide Scotland’s three main emergency services with vital electric vehicle training as they work towards their goal of becoming carbon neutral.

The training will allow emergency service technicians to work safely on their own fleet of vehicles as they continue to transition from fossil fuel-powered vehicles to battery-electric vehicles.

With an increasing number of electric vehicles in their fleets, the emergency services have each committed to reducing their carbon footprint every year through 2030 with the long-term goal of being carbon neutral by 2045.

The Emergency Electric Vehicle Training Course, run in partnership at Robert Lawson and Sons, is expected to involve around 100 participants across fire, ambulance and police services over the next year.

The training will cover Levels 2 and 3 of the Electric/Hybrid qualifications covering routine maintenance and repair and replacement of vehicle systems, all of which are essential to maintaining the vital emergency services fleet. With Levels 2 and 3 recognized by the Institute of the Automotive Industry, Dundee & Angus College maintains the highest teaching standards and uses world-class equipment, including the Lucas Nuelle kit.

Scott Roberts, Scottish Fire and Rescue Services (SFRS) National Fleet Manager, explained: “SFRS currently operates a fleet of 970 light duty vehicles under 2500kg. This is made up of 172 fully electric and six hybrid vehicles covering general off-station duties to blue light response activities, currently representing 18.2% of the total light-duty vehicle fleet with a goal to be 100% by 2025.

“The SFRS and D&A College have designed specific training courses for Scotland’s three main emergency services and have set out to develop their technical and maintenance staff groups to meet these requirements. This includes workshop managers, supervisors and technical staff to meet IMI accreditation at Levels 2 and 3, which will enable a seamless transition of fleets to EV technologies.

Caryn Gibson, Business Partnerships Manager, Dundee and Angus College, said: “As industries seek to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, we are honored to have been selected as the EV training partner for Scottish emergency services.

“Working alongside the industry not only allows us to improve the skills of their team, but also ensures that we can adapt the offer to their specific needs and stay at the forefront of innovation. Since its launch in April 2022, the Electric Vehicle Training School has been a hive of activity with over 200 students expected to complete their qualifications by the end of 2022, helping us support companies in their aim to achieve Net Zero goals.

“Our aim is to ensure that Dundee and Angus College plays a key role in supporting businesses going through the sometimes daunting energy transition by providing education and hands-on training in a variety of areas, including carbon accounting , training on electric vehicles and air source heat pumps. ”

For more information, visit Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Training at D&A College (dundeeandangus.ac.uk) ,