Crews prevent fire spreading from garage fire to homes in Cromdale

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Firefighters from Grantown on Spey and Aviemore attended the incident at the weekend

Fire Cromdale

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were called to respond to reports of a large garage fire at The Haughs in Cromdale at the weekend.

The incident happened just before midnight on Saturday (5 July 2014) and appliances from Grantown on Spey and Aviemore attended.

Station Manager Ross Nixon said: "The crews did a fantastic job and managed to bring the fire under control, preventing the fire spreading to adjacent houses and garages.

"Grantown were first on the scene and they were joined by one pump from Aviemore. Crews worked tirelessly, under difficult conditions.

"The hard work and determination of the retained staff was instrumental in saving the properties from major damage.

"The garage and adjacent shed was destroyed and there was radiated heat damage to the windows and facias of the adjacent houses."

Crews rescued two dogs and assisted in the evacuation of a number of houses as smoke was beginning to threaten the properties.

The cause of the fire is the subject of a joint fire and Police Scotland investigation.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging more men and women to sign up and enjoy ‘a life less ordinary’ by becoming retained firefighters.

The RDS (Retained Duty System) consists of part time firefighters who provide a vital service to the communities in which they live and work.

One minute you could be sitting at your desk at work and the next you could be up a ladder saving someone from a burning building and it’s this variety, excitement and sense of public responsibility that the SFRS hopes will encourage more people to join the team.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is also appealing to people who can provide the service with fire cover during the day between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

SFRS believes there may be men or women who are at home during the day whilst their children are at school and they could potentially provide fire cover during daytime hours. This specific approach has already been used in Wales and saw a positive response from the public.

To become a retained firefighter you should be eligible to work in the UK and be 18 years or over, preferably live within one mile and work within two miles, or work within eight minutes of your nearest station.

You will be available to respond to emergency calls via pager from your home or place of work at any time of the day or night, if you are on call that week. You will also have the permission from your employer to become an RDS firefighter. You’ll also be expected to attend a two and a half hour training session (drill night) one night a week.

You should be available to attend training courses designed to provide you with the basic training needed to start your role as an RDS firefighter. Your ongoing training and development will be provided at your local fire station. Successful candidates will be subject to a Disclosure Scotland criminal record check.

There is also a financial benefit when you join the retained service with an annual retainer starting at £2158, which is split into monthly payments, together with additional payments for every incident and training night you attend.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a ‘local hero’ visit the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service website or to complete an application form to join the RDS in the north visit