Comrie firefighters demonstrate flood sacks

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Firefighters demonstrate the correct use of flood sacks to the residents of Comrie, Perthshire

Major Tim Peake with son Thomas on-board Comrie fire engine with Ff. Justin Ross - 20 July 2013

Firefighters from Comrie station joined their partner agencies on the first day of the Comrie Fortnight events on Saturday 20th July.   The lovely weather and the demonstration of the correct use of flood sack by the Comrie crew brought out the local community to visit the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service community safety stall.

Following last year’s serious flood incidents which affected the village, Perth and Kinross Council have provided 2,000 flood sacks which are available for distribution within the local community in the event of flood incidents.

Working in partnership with the Council, the flood sacks are held in storage at Comrie Community Fire Station ready for distribution should they be needed.

Group Manager Rab Middlemass, who was at the event, said:  “Our firefighters took the opportunity to demonstrate the correct use of the flood sacks on the first day of the Comrie Fortnight.  Local residents commented very positively on the demonstration and feel better prepared should any flood incident occur again in the village. 

“Paul Hendy from Scottish Flood Forum was also on hand to demonstrate flood defence products to residents at the adjacent stall.

“Our local firefighters also took the opportunity to promote our free home fire safety visits and booked a number of visits on the day.  Firefighters also raised £510 for the Firefighters Charity as part of their flag day.  All in all, it was a very worthwhile day.”

The local crew also welcomed British astronaut Major Tim Peake and his family to the event.  Major Peake’s wife grew up in Comrie and was back in the village for a family visit.   Major Peake and his young son Thomas enjoyed being shown around the fire engine by Firefighter Justin Ross. (pictured above)