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Firefighters conduct road rescue in Lewis

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Crews used hydraulic cutting equipment to free the injured motorist

RTC Demo 1(Please note the image featured on this page is from SFRS stock. It depicts firefighters in a training exercise and is not of this incident.)

Firefighters rescued a man from a car following a collision in Lewis.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews used hydraulic cutting equipment to release the motorist, who was then taken to hospital by ambulance.

Emergency responders were sent to the incident on the A857 around 5:40pm on Thursday (5 May).

Appliances from Ness, Shawbost and Stornoway fire stations were mobilised in response to a 999 call and firefighters reached the scene within 10 minutes.

The last of the SFRS crews left the incident around 7:30pm.

All the firefighters who attended the incident are members of the retained duty system (RDS), which sees men and women from all walks of life serve ‘on call’ in the communities where they live and work.

SFRS is currently recruiting RDS firefighters for stations throughout Scotland and anyone who is interested in providing this vital emergency service is encouraged to apply.

Candidates must be aged 18 years or over, have a good level of physical fitness and the required standard of vision and colour perception.

They also need to live or work within five-to-eight minutes of the fire station.

In return RDS firefighters are paid an annual retainer fee plus additional payments for every incident attended and time spent on all activity including training nights, community engagement and courses.

The recruitment campaign ends on 22 May and the list of SFRS vacancies can be found on the myjobscotland website.

Anyone interested in applying can get more information by speaking to someone at their local fire station or visiting the official SFRS website: www.firescotland.gov.uk/work-with-us/join-us-as-a-retained-firefighter.aspx

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