Crews rescue 22 people from flooding in Aberfoyle

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Water rescue crews from Bathgate and Stirling attended with appliances from Aberfoyle and Balfron.


The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) rescued 22 people from serious flooding in Aberfoyle this afternoon (26 January).

Operations Control Edinburgh received a call at 12.45pm reporting flooding at a Primary school in Lochard Road, Aberfoyle where 22 people, including 12 children were rescued.

Appliances from Bathgate, Aberfoyle, Balfron fire stations and water rescue teams from Bathgate and Stirling fire stations were mobilised to assist with the considerable flooding throughout the Aberfoyle area.  

Firefighters worked closely with colleagues from Police Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service and Stirling Council which resulted in firefighters using a boat and two rescue sleds to rescue the 22 people, the rest of the school managed to self-evacuate.

Station Manager Martyn Brandrick, who was Incident Commander, praised the efforts of the fire crews who worked in challenging conditions of freezing cold water.

He said: "This incident required specialist technical processes to ensure safe systems of work were implemented.

"The successful outcome to the incident was achieved through a co-ordinated multi agency approach where all responding agencies played a key role."