Road rescue in Troon

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Firefighters removed car roof to free man trapped inside.

A woman and a man were taken to hospital following a two-car collision in Troon early on Friday morning (28 August).

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews were sent to Monktonhill Road in response to a call from police shortly before 12:35am, with two appliances mobilised from Troon along with a third from Dreghorn.

The incident commander, Station Manager Stephen Logan, said: “Firefighters arrived to find a man was trapped inside one of the vehicles.

“Our crews immediately moved to assist him and stabilise both cars. Emergency extrication plans were put into place and firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment to remove the vehicle’s roof and create space to safely release the casualty.”

He continued: “Firefighters and paramedics were working side-by-side throughout and after the roof was cut from the car the casualty was lifted clear and moved to an ambulance.”

Both casualties were taken to Crosshouse Hospital near Kilmarnock and SFRS crews left the scene around 1:40am.

The SFRS crews based at Troon Community Fire Station serve ‘on-call’ as part of the Retained Duty System (RDS), providing the community where they live and work with a vital emergency service.

Involving men and women from all walks of life, RDS crews respond to the same types of incident as their whole-time counterparts.

The latest phase of the RDS recruitment campaign is currently open, with community fire stations throughout Scotland looking for applications from people interested in serving as firefighters.

In return for their service RDS firefighters are paid an annual retainer fee plus additional payments for every incident attended and time spent on all activity, including training nights, community engagement and courses.

Applicants must be aged 18 years or over, have a good level of physical fitness, have the required standard of vision and colour perception and live or work within five to eight minutes of the fire station.

They need to demonstrate that they have the potential to carry out this challenging role through a rigorous recruitment process.

Full details are available online at www.myjobscotland.gov.uk, where people can find information regarding specific vacancies and download the Recruitment Information Pack.

Applicants are requested to note the key dates for this recruitment process as detailed within the information pack and ensure that they consider their availability to attend on the dates specified, including the initial two-week training course, prior to submitting an application.

Further supplementary information is provided on the SFRS website www.firescotland.gov.uk.

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