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Local Company, Code Red, doing their bit for the Local Environment


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Local Company, Code Red, doing their bit for the Local Environment.

You might have spotted a small, bright, chequered car buzzing around Paisley and wider Renfrewshire in recent weeks. Well, you won’t be alone.

Local Fire Safety company, Code Red Fire, has decided to try and do its bit to help the local environment. While they admit it is just a small contribution in the grander scheme of things, they feel it’s still better to be helping than not.


The Code Red vans have been a common site around Paisley and Renfrewshire in recent years, as they travel from client to client, servicing Fire Extinguishers, carrying out Fire Risk Assessments and delivering training to companies who need it.

However, as the business has grown, and the delivery of services has improved, the need to carry all their equipment all of the time has gradually reduced. As such, the company has decided to add a more environmentally friendly mode of transport to the company fleet.

“The vans have been great, and certainly helped in the growth of the company.” Said James McMahon, founder of Code Red Fire. “However, with better organisation of appointments and more focused services, we’re just not needing to carry all of our equipment around in the same way we used to. That means we’re often driving the van because it’s the only option, rather than because we need it.”

“So we’ve added a smaller, more environmentally friendly option. It allows us to travel from client to client, when equipment isn’t needed, with less pollution output. It also takes up less space, is less noisy and is more fuel efficient. All of which hopefully contribute in some way to improving the local environment.”

The car has even been given a name by some of those who’ve already spotted it – the “Code Red Mobile”. So, if you see it around town, why not take a picture and let them know what you think. Post your picture on Twitter with the hashtag #CodeRedMobile


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Recruits get trained up in blaze of glory

Recruits with James (left) and Mark (right)

Recruits get trained up in blaze of glory

A group of young people from Renfrewshire’s Recruit programme were put on red alert when they took part in a day of fire warden training.

The Recruits – all aged 18 to 24 – are taking part in the latest edition of the popular youth employability scheme – loosely based on telly favourite The Apprentice.

The two-month-long programme sees them take part in vocational training while competing in a series of challenges designed to help them improve their skills.

The fire training was hosted by Paisley-based company Code Red, which helps educate organisations about fire safety and first aid.

The young people were given a presentation on fire safety and took part in some group exercises – including using extinguishers to tackle a real fire!

James McMahon, director of Code Red, said: “We are a local firm so it is an honour and pleasure to be part of The Recruit and to give something back to the community.

“This was the first time we have been involved with The Recruit but we enjoyed the day immensely.

“We talked to them about the importance of fire training and about what the role of a fire warden involves.

“This means the Recruits now have all they need to be fire wardens at any future employer – they know how to use extinguishers and evacuate buildings.”

Recruit Kathryn Ingram, 20, originally from South Africa, but who now lives in Paisley, said: “The Recruit is really fabulous and I would recommend it to anyone.

“It is tough to get a job, as you often find you can apply for things and never hear back.

“But this is a great way to improve your skills and knowledge. Even getting the chance to meet new people is good too.

“I really look forward to it – sometimes the days where we aren’t in seem boring in comparison!”

Currently, there are two editions of The Recruit – one is for 16 and 17-year-old school leavers, and the other for unemployed young people aged from 18 to 25.

Both programmes are set to conclude with a grand finale at Renfrew’s Glynhill Hotel in March, with the winners on the night to receive job offers.