Crews extinguish challenging fire in Dumfries and Galloway

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Moffat, Annan and Lockerbie crews responded to the incident at Beattock after a fire was spotted behind a wood-burning stove.

SFRS logo on appliance

Firefighters used a high pressure jet to extinguish a fire at a restaurant and bar in Dumfries and Galloway on Wednesday evening (5 August).

Crews from Annan and Moffat were sent to the incident at Old Craigielands Road in Beattock in response to a 999 call made to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) at 6:15pm.

The caller reported seeing a fire behind a log burning stove and first responders arrived within 10 minutes. They requested the attendance of a third appliance, which was sent from Lockerbie.

Station Manager Douglas Boyd, the incident commander, said: “Six firefighters in breathing apparatus conducted a search of the building.

“The fire involved the wood burning stove, the chimney structure and the roof-space and our crews fought it from there and from the ground floor.

“It was quite a challenging operation due to the hidden fire spread and our crews worked well to identify the location of the fire and bring it under control.”

He added: “We then worked to clear smoke from the building and used small tools and two thermal imaging cameras to confirm the fire was fully extinguished.”

No-one was hurt as a result of the incident and the last of the SFRS crews left the scene around 11:25pm.

All three crews involved in the incident serve on the retained duty system (RDS), which sees men and women from all walks of life commit to providing their communities with a vital emergency service.

Serving ‘on call’ in addition to their regular employment, the firefighters live and work within five to eight minutes of their local fire station and undertake regular training to maintain the wide range of skills required in SFRS crews.

In return for their commitment RDS firefighters are paid an annual retainer as well as additional payments for every incident attended and the time they spend at training nights and working to engage communities.

Many rural and remote areas throughout Scotland are protected by RDS firefighters and anyone who is interested in taking on the challenging but rewarding role is encouraged to find out more.

Further information is available at www.firescotland.gov.uk/work-with-us/join-us-as-a-retained-firefighter and vacancies are advertised on the myjobscotland website.

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