Crews and Controls busy during North floods
13 August 2014
There were 47 flood-related incidents in Aberdeenshire and Moray and 31 in the Highlands over 24 hours.
Firefighters throughout the north of Scotland worked to protect the public as flooding affected communities in the Highlands, Aberdeenshire and Moray.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews responded to 47 flood-related incidents in Aberdeenshire and Moray and 31 in the Highlands over the 24 hours beginning 7am Monday (11 August).
The firefighters rescued people who were stranded, evacuated others who were potentially in harm’s way, and worked to protect property from large volumes of water.
Although many areas were affected by rivers and streams bursting their banks, much of the fire and rescue service activity followed people becoming stranded after attempting to drive through water on partially submerged roads.
A multi-agency approach was taken throughout the day with SFRS working closely with Police Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council, Highland Council, Moray Council and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.
Assistant Chief Officer Robert Scott, the SFRS director of service delivery in the north of Scotland, said: “Yesterday was an exceptionally busy period for operational crews in the Highlands, Aberdeenshire and Moray as well as our Control personnel.
“Firefighters’ work to conduct safe and efficient rescues and evacuations – and to clear floodwater from properties – required intense efforts to be sustained over considerable time.
“Communities were protected by wholetime, retained and community response units all of whom put their training, skills and experience to use whenever they were called on.
“The large number of 999 calls to Operations Control meant our personnel there were vital to ensuring the appropriate resources were mobilised and could get to where they were needed despite many flooded and damaged roads.”
SFRS is eager to hear from anyone who lives and works in a rural or remote community and who thinks they could serve on the retained duty system.
Made up of men and women from all walks of life, RDS crews commit to providing an essential fire and rescue response whenever an emergency arises.
ACO Scott explained: “Knowing professional firefighters will respond whenever they are needed is something everyone in our communities expects and deserves, so our RDS crews are immensely appreciated.
“Whether it’s responding to fires, road traffic collisions, flooding or other incidents, the skill and experience of RDS firefighters often make a huge difference to people who have been involved in an emergency.
“It is a demanding but incredibly rewarding role and we want to hear from anyone who thinks they have what it takes to make this essential contribution to their community.”
If you would like to find out more about becoming a ‘local hero’ visit the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service website www.firescotland.gov.uk or to complete an application form to join the RDS in the north visit http://bit.ly/1l0Tsy8.
*Please note the image above is from SFRS stock and is of an incident in 2012.