Curious kids in sticky wickets
29 May 2013
Firefighters called to help two Glasgow youngsters who found themselves stuck.
Everyone knows Scotland’s firefighters are called to rescue people at all sorts of challenging, complex and dangerous incidents, but crews also help those who find themselves in less urgent predicaments – as personnel in Glasgow demonstrated Tuesday (May 28).
Separate incidents in the north and Southside of the city saw Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) teams go to the aid of two children who had managed to get themselves stuck.
A two-year-old boy was first in need of firefighters’ specialist skills, when the mischievous toddler got his hand stuck in a lift at the St Andrew’s Crescent multi-storey flats in Kinning Park.
Paramedics from the Scottish Ambulance Service were first to be called to the incident, which took place shortly after 11am, but requested the assistance of firefighters when it became clear they could not free the youngster.
An appliance from nearby Govan Community Fire Station was mobilised and quickly came to the boy’s aid, with the ambulance team then taking him to Glasgow's Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill for a precautionary checkup.
SFRS crews were again called upon to free a trapped youngster later in the day, when a member of the public reported a six-year-old boy had become stuck in railings on Denmark Street, Springburn around 5:40pm.
Hydraulic cutting equipment, often used to rescue people trapped in vehicles following car crashes, was needed to cut-away the railings pinning the boy by the leg.
He was soon set free but firefighters requested an ambulance attend the scene and he was taken to Yorkhill for a precautionary assessment by clinicians.
Area Manager George McGrandles, the Glasgow City senior officer, said: “These incidents show how the specialist skills of Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crews are often needed in unusual situations.
“Firefighters train continuously to rescue people trapped in all sort of circumstances, and while neither of these cases was life-threatening, they were obviously extremely distressing for the children involved.
“I would like to praise the crews from both Govan and Springburn for the professional and caring way they went about freeing the boys. Thankfully neither of the young lads was seriously injured and in time they will hopefully be able to look back and see a humorous side to their predicaments.
“As a general safety message to our city’s younger citizens, we would ask them to keep their arms and legs away from places they probably shouldn’t go. There are actually a lot of things kids can do to help keep themselves, their friends and the whole community safe.
"By never playing with matches or lighters our young people can help prevent someone getting seriously hurt or even killed. Our website has some handy tips for both parents and kids to stay safe, so I'd ask all our residents to check them out and share them with their family and friends."
To see the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service advice for young people, click