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New training centre at Knottingley opened by Yvette Cooper MP

Yvette Copper MP opens the new training centre at Knottingley

It’s exciting times for MRS Training & Rescue, as we opened a brand new training facility in Knottingley, West Yorkshire on Friday 27th May.

Despite the last deep coal mine closing at Kellingley in December last year, we are planning to increase turnover to some £20 million by 2020, achieved by further expanding the services we provide. We have relocated our Kellingley operation to this new training centre at Knottingley, with improved facilities, taking our total number of training facilities to seven across the UK.

MRS’ Yorkshire Operations Manager, Billy Gundry says “Our new centre has five training rooms where we will offer a full range of Health and Safety training courses including First Aid, Safe Entry into Confined Spaces, Fire Fighting and IOSH courses. We particularly target all aspects of confined space training, especially the provision of rescue cover for the high risk categorised work. Unfortunately, accidents still occur in confined space working being undertaken and awareness of the hazards still needs to be communicated better.”

The centre was officially opened on 27 May by Yvette Cooper MP, and the open day included a series of taster sessions and practical demonstrations showcasing the range of training we offer. This included our self-contained confined space training chamber, built into the fabric of the building with 70m of crawl space and internal cameras for recording all training, to prepare and train anyone who works in confined spaces.

We have received some press coverage as follows:

  • Article on the BBC website- click here to read 
  • Article in the Yorkshire Post – click here to read 
  • Article in The Business Desk – click here to read

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