Fire and Rescue Services respond to incidents caused by Storm Gertrude

Firefighters across the UK have been working flat out to protect families, motorists and homes as Storm Gertrude pummels the country.

One example is in Scotland, where Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews have attended numerous incidents as strong winds and rain wreaked havoc. Assistant Chief Officer, Lewis Ramsay, Director of Response and Resilience said SFRS would continue to help wherever needed.

He said: “Our crews are here to respond to the needs of our local communities and provide the highest level of emergency response.

“Firefighters are working with partner agencies to resolve incidents as quickly as possible and are fully committed to protect our communities and work to ensure their safety during this period of difficult weather.  We will continue to respond wherever we are needed.”

There were numerous incidents throughout the morning.

  • After receiving an alarm just after 7am, firefighters evacuated two families in Hillend Crescent, in the Duntocher area of Clydebank, near Glasgow, after scaffolding came through the roof in the heavy winds.  The area was cordoned off by police and local authority building control was contacted to ensure the property was stable
  • Meanwhile, another family had to be evacuated from a house in Wishaw Road in the Waterloo area of Wishaw, Lanarkshire. SFRS was alerted at 08.51am that a 50 foot tree was threatening to damage the property. A crew from Carluke was mobilised as an aerial rescue team set off from Motherwell to assess the situation
  • Fortrose firefighters were warned that a tree had fallen and broken electrical cables in Fletcher Gardens, Avoch in the Black Isle. They immediately threw up a cordon around the area as SSE isolated the power.

The strong winds also caused problems on the roads.

  • At 7am at junction 10 on M9 Craigforth-Bannockburn, skilled firefighters used a saw to free a driver who was trapped in an overturned HGV. Working in challenging conditions, they safely freed the driver
  • In the north, two teams from Huntly in Aberdeenshire raced to the A96 after receiving an alert at 7.25am of a lorry which had blown over onto a car. The people in the car managed to get themselves clear but the lorry driver had to be freed by firefighters. The occupants of both vehicles suffered a variety of injuries – but none are believed to be life threatening
  • At 7.26am, firefighters were told that a curtain sided lorry had blown over on the A90 between Glamis and Forfar. The driver had managed to get out before they arrived but firefighters made sure the scene was safe.

The severe weather conditions are likely to continue as the rain and gales will give way to wintry conditions over the weekend. There is a risk of flooding and power outages.

Severe weather is expected to continue across Scotland, and people are urged to follow advice issued by Floodline Scotland, our Police Scotland colleagues and by Transport Scotland, which will help them stay safe and also avoid running into difficulty on the roads.

The Met Office also has weather warnings for elsewhere in the UK, and the public in England and Wales are urged to stay up to date with flood warnings from the Environment Agency website.

People should take the necessary precautions to stay safe. The Scottish and Southern Energy website (SSE) has useful information to help prepare for loss of power.


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