Firefighters’ busy January

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Hawick firefighters were called out to 18 road traffic collisions and rescue incidents during January.

Local Station Commander Russell Bell told last Tuesday night’s Teviot and Liddesdale Area Forum meeting in the lesser town hall that 12 of the 18 call-outs were flood-related, two were road collisions, and four were possible cardiac arrests. There were six casualties as a result of these incidents.

The local brigade attended three house fires during January, and these were caused by a toaster, an electrical fault and a chimney. There were no casualties.

Mr Bell also reported that there were 12 false alarms – three at commercial premises, four at the community hospital, two at sheltered housing, and three at residential premises.

The Station Commander went on to focus on the “major bout of flooding” in Hawick, Bonchester Bridge and Denholm on January 27, when applances were mobilised from Hawick, Selkirk, Jedburgh, Kelso, Lauder, Galashiels, Coldstream, Dalkeith, Musselburgh and Falkirk. Mr Bell added: “We were active in evacuations, water rescues and the pumping out of flooded properties.”

He concluded by highlighting the swift water rescue training being undertaken by local firefighters which would see Hawick become a “national asset with regards to the ability to respond to water-related incidents”.