Firefighters on rescue duties across the North area this weekend

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SFRS carried out three successful rescues in Lochinver, Alness and Edzell

SFRS Rope Rescue Team WC Scott Smith

This weekend was all about the rescue side of the organisation for Scottish Fire and Rescue service personnel in the North.

The first rescue situation crews faced was in Stoer, Lochinver, at 10.34am on Saturday (24 August 2013) where they were called to respond to reports of a horse which had become stuck in a bog in that area.

One appliance from Ullapool and one appliance from Scourie attended the incident and firefighters used a tarpaulin and ropes to remove the stricken animal from the bog. They managed to get the horse onto the tarpaulin and used a tractor to pull the tarpaulin and horse to firm ground.

Then at 10.41pm on the same day crews were called to assist at an incident in Edzell, Angus, where a car had left the road and travelled 30ft down a gully.

Two people left the vehicle prior to the arrival of SFRS. One man was trapped and a specialist line rescue team was used to free the casualty using hydraulic cutting equipment. He was then placed in the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service and taken to hospital for treatment. Appliances from Dundee, Perth, Brechin and Montrose attended.

Finally on Sunday (25 August 2013) one appliance from Invergordon was called to respond to reports of a young boy who had become stuck in a tree in Alness.

The crew used a short extension ladder to safely remove the youngster from the tree. He was uninjured.

Scott Hay, Local Senior Officer for Highland, said: "Our firefighters have access to specialist equipment and have the skills to deal with a wide variety of rescue situations.

"We work closely with our partners in the other emergency services to provide this type of intervention capability. Together we aim to bring all such incidents to a successful conclusion."