Calls to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service triple due to Storm Arwen

Over the 24-hour period from 7am on Friday, November 26, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service received more than 900 emergency calls – almost three times the normal number – with many of them in the Aberdeenshire area.

By Kevin McRoberts
Saturday, 27th November 2021, 11:26 am
Storm Arwen has made it an extremely busy 24 hours for our fire service.
Storm Arwen has made it an extremely busy 24 hours for our fire service.

More than 500 of these were due to the impact of the severe weather associated with Storm Arwen affecting many areas of the country.

During this period of time, firefighters were mobilised to hundreds of incidents, with many of which were related to high winds, such as damage to buildings and fallen trees.

The areas in the North and East of Scotland being worst affected.

Between 3pm and midnight on Friday, November 26, the Service's Operations Control rooms in Dundee and Edinburgh received more than 500 weather related emergency calls, which included calls for assistance to make damaged buildings safe and road traffic collisions.

The impact of the weather was also felt by the Service, with damage to the roof of Altens Community Fire Station in Aberdeen. On duty firefighters and appliances were deployed to neighbouring stations to ensure fire cover for the area was maintained. In addition, a fire appliance from Galashiels in the Borders was struck by falling trees during the storm while attending an incident and the firefighters were removed to safety with no injuries recorded.

John Dickie is an Assistant Chief Officer in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. He said: "This has been an exceptional weather event and a challenging night where we received a high number of weather related calls.

"We have seen high numbers of emergency calls from the Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Fife, East Lothian and Scottish Borders areas where many buildings were damaged by the high winds – resulting in a significant localised response.

"Firefighters also attended a number of other incidents including road traffic collisions and fires.

"My thanks must go to our firefighters and Operations Control staff for their outstanding work overnight in very challenging conditions, and to our partners for their continued assistance."

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