Crews work hard in difficult weather conditions

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Crews dealt with flooding, heavy rain and snowfall.

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Firefighters have responded to a number of incidents as heavy rain and snowfalls struck the Midlothian and Scottish Borders areas yesterday evening (3 December).

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) Operations Control Edinburgh received multiple calls to reports of flooding incidents from 6pm.

Heavy rain fall across the Scottish Borders and snowfalls across the Midlothian area made response to the incidents extremely difficult with many roads blocked as a result of the weather or as a result of congestion.

One of our appliances, responding to an emergency call in Gorebridge, collided with two cars at a reduced speed. No one was injured and the vehicle suffered minor damage.

Specialist SFRS water rescue teams were deployed to support local Fire and Rescue crews and other responding agencies as part of a multi-agency response to the flooding. An SFRS commander was in attendance at the Scottish Borders emergency control room as part of a multi-agency planning team to coordinate resources to ensure the response was targeted to meet local needs and support local communities.

Station Manager Lee Peyton said: “The safety of the public is our number one concern and we worked in extremely challenging weather conditions to ensure crews can make their way safely to emergency incidents. Our crews are extremely well trained and equipped to deal with these types of events and our Operations Control teams are highly skilled at managing calls for assistance from the public and other agencies and ensuring that we remain able to respond to the demands placed on the SFRS.

 “Measures were taken to ensure we always had sufficient resources to respond wherever they were needed. We remain fully prepared to protect communities throughout the area during this period of difficult weather and will continue to respond wherever we are needed.

“In this type of weather I would urge people to follow advice issued by Flood line Scotland, our Police Scotland colleagues and by Transport Scotland, which will help them stay safe and avoid running into difficulty on the roads.”