Two rescued after A82 collision

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SFRS crews used hydraulic cutting equipment to free the women at the scene of the incident in the district of Stirling.

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Firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment to rescue two people following a three-vehicle collision on the A82 between Tyndrum and Crianlarich.

The incident happened around 3:30pm on Monday (10 August) and resulted in the two women being trapped in separate cars while a man – who did not have to be released – was attended to inside a third vehicle.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews sent to the scene from Killin and Callander along with a heavy rescue vehicle from Alloa.

The incident commander, Station Manager Mark Duffy, said: “Our crews arrived to find one of the cars had gone down a roadside embankment so they immediately moved to stabilise the vehicle.

“Responders from each of the emergency services worked side-by-side throughout the incident. Paramedics attended to all three casualties while firefighters devised and implemented plans to ensure the safe release of the two who were trapped.”

He continued: “We deployed hydraulic rescue equipment to create the space needed for them to be lifted clear of the vehicles, while our police colleagues worked to ensure the safety of everyone at the scene and other road users.”

After being released one of the women was flown by air ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, with the second woman taken by road ambulance to Forth Valley Hospital.

The man from the third vehicle involved remained in the care of ambulance paramedics when SFRS crews left the scene around 5:20pm.

Both the crews from Killin and Callander serve on the retained duty system (RDS), which sees men and women from all walks of life provide the communities where they live and work with a vital emergency service.

Being ‘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 frequent 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, training nights and time spent working to engage communities.

Many rural and remote areas throughout Scotland are protected by RDS firefighters with vacancies advertised on the myjobscotland website.

Further information on the role and its requirements is available at www.firescotland.gov.uk/work-with-us/join-us-as-a-retained-firefighter.

* Please note, the above image is from SFRS stock and does not depict this incident.

 

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