Two hospitalised after Arran crash

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Firefighters assisted paramedics providing treatment at the scene.

SFRS name line on appliance 

Two people were taken to hospital after the car in which they were travelling struck a bridge in Arran on Wednesday evening (26 November).

The island’s emergency services responded to the incident on the road between Lamlash and Whiting Bay around 5:50pm.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crew from Lamlash was mobilised following a call from ambulance control and reached the scene six minutes later.

Watch Manager Paul Jameson, the incident commander, said: "When we arrived two casualties had already been removed from the vehicle and were in the care of paramedics.

"We assisted the ambulance personnel who were providing the man and woman with treatment before they were taken to hospital.

"The man was evacuated by helicopter while the woman was taken to a local hospital by road. Of course everyone who responded to this incident will wish them the best."

SFRS crews are frequently called to incidents on the roads where their trauma care, casualty handling and road rescue skills are needed to help people who have been injured or trapped.

The arrival of winter means added risks for motorists as visibility, surface and weather conditions can all make collisions more likely.

Scottish Government advice to help road users avoid becoming casualties can be viewed at www.readyscotland.org/are-you-ready/winter-weather/ready-on-the-move/.

Like many island, rural and remote communities Arran is served by crews operating on the retained duty system (RDS).

Coming from all walks of life, RDS firefighters provide professional fire and rescue cover for the areas where they live and work.

They also commit to attending weekly training sessions known as drill nights at their local station, which develop and maintain the specialist skills needed of modern fire and rescue crews.

In return for their service they receive an annual retainer together with additional payments for every incident and training night they attend.

To find out more about becoming a local hero visit the SFRS website www.firescotland.gov.uk, or to complete an application form to join the RDS, visit www.myjobscotland.gov.uk and search for ‘Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’.

 

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