Busy afternoon for Stranraer crews

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SFRS responds to collision and house fire in the Dumfries and Galloway town.


Firefighters in Stranraer were called to conduct a road rescue and tackle a house fire on Wednesday afternoon (27 November).

Two crews from the Dumfries and Galloway town’s own fire station responded to a single-vehicle crash on the B7077 around 3:40pm, following a request for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) assistance received from ambulance control.

Hydraulic cutting equipment was used by the firefighters to release a man from the car while paramedics provided treatment for minor injuries. He was then taken to hospital by ambulance.

It was to be a busy afternoon for the Stranraer crews, both of which are part of the SFRS Retained Duty System of professional firefighters who provide their communities with vital fire and rescue cover whenever emergencies arise.

Within minutes of returning to their station, both appliances were again mobilised – this time following a 999 call reporting a house fire at a property on the town’s King George Road.

A team of two firefighters were committed to the building wearing breathing apparatus and equipped with a high pressure water jet.

They quickly extinguished the fire, which had taken hold within the property’s living room, successfully preventing it from spreading to other parts of the home.

A man appeared to be suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation and was given assistance by firefighters and ambulance crews at the scene, before being taken to hospital for a precautionary check-up.

Watch Manager Robert McCrory, the SFRS incident commander at both the collision and the fire, said: “The crews performed exceptionally well in responding to these incidents.

“The firefighters here at Stranraer have been together for 10 or 12 years, so it is a close knit team with a lot of skill and experience that was put to good use at both the collision and the fire.

“Thankfully it appears no-one was seriously hurt as a result of either incident, but they should remind everyone that we need to take care on the roads and in our homes this winter.

“The fire was caused by a child accidentally knocking over a lit candle, causing a carpet and Christmas tree to ignite.

“It’s not hard to see how incidents like this could have a tragic outcome. Flames and toxic smoke spread very quickly so it’s crucial that lit candles are never left unattended.

“Candles are one of a number of risks that arise at this time of year but by recognising the causes of fire and taking simple steps we can all lower the chance of it happening to us.

“Every property must have working smoke alarms and free home fire safety visits are available to anyone who thinks they could use some friendly tips to stay safe from fire.”

To arrange a free home fire safety visit call 0800 0731 999, text “check” to 61611 or visit www.firescotland.gov.uk.

Winter weather also makes conditions unpredictable for motorists so anyone using the roads should be mindful of the conditions and follow the advice from Transport Scotland, which is available at: http://www.readyscotland.org/are-you-ready/winter-weather/ready-on-the-move/.