Crews tackle Aberdeenshire fire

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Wholetime and retained firefighters respond to incident in Boddam.

Boddam fire 

Firefighters from Peterhead and Ellon worked through the morning to bring a blaze at an unoccupied house in Boddam under control.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews responded to the incident following a 999 call from a member of the public received shortly after 5:30am on Wednesday (19 March).

Station Manager Mike Cordiner, the incident commander, said: “Our crews arrived to find the single-storey building was well-alight and immediately began firefighting operations.

“The roof had suffered a partial collapse before firefighters arrived and the structure was highly unstable, but thanks to the close partnership with our police colleagues we were able to confirm all people were accounted for.

“Both wholetime and retained personnel tackled this fire, and all the firefighters involved worked closely to make best use of the water supplies and bring the fire under control as quickly and safely as possible.

“This incident shows the vital role of retained firefighters within their communities and demonstrates the great working relationship between our wholetime and retained crews.”

The building sustained significant damage as a result of the fire and specialist officers from the SFRS Fire Investigation Unit in Aberdeen will conduct a joint investigation with Police Scotland.

Retained firefighters serve communities in Aberdeenshire and throughout the country. Coming from all walks of life, they share a commitment to responding to emergencies within the areas where they live and work.

The firefighters attend their station for a two or three hour training session every week, ensuring they maintain the firefighting, rescue and casualty care skills needed to protect the public.

In return for their commitment they receive a retainer fee along with additional payments for every incident and training night they attend.

Anyone who like more information on how to become a retained firefighters visit the myjobscotland website and search for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.