Road rescue in Paisley

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Firefighters used hydraulic rescue equipment to create space needed to free a woman.


A woman was taken to hospital after firefighters freed her from a car involved in a collision in Paisley on Monday night (7 December).

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews were sent to Fairway Avenue following a request from police control made around 9:05pm, with two appliances mobilised from Paisley along with a third from Barrhead.

Watch Manager Kevin Hughes, the incident commander, said: “Our crews arrived within around four minutes and immediately moved to assist the casualty.

“She was complaining of pain and we needed to create space for her to be safely released. We were working side-by-side with the ambulance team who provided her with treatment while we prepared to extricate her from the car.”

He continued: “After paramedics assessed the casualty’s condition our firefighters deployed hydraulic cutting equipment to create flaps in the car’s roof, which allowed us to safely lift her clear.”

With the woman passed to the care of ambulance personnel, firefighters continued working to make the vehicle and roadway safe before leaving the scene around 10:20pm. The casualty was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital by ambulance.