Firefighters efforts during floods praised

Head of Service Delivery in the North, Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Andy Coueslant

Head of Service Delivery in the North, Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Andy Coueslant

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The efforts of firefighters during the recent flooding have been praised by the North’s most senior fire officer.

During the period of Wednesday, December 30, to 8am Tuesday, January 5, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s operations controls in the north received 158 flooding related calls - with 350 calls received across Scotland during the same time period.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s operations controls in the North received 158 flooding related calls since Wednesday 30 December until 8.00am this morning, with 350 calls received across Scotland during the same time period.

Head of Service Delivery in the North, Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Andy Coueslant, said: “As expected, our firefighters, officers and control room staff have performed extremely well in very challenging conditions.

“Their commitment to protecting and supporting communities around the country has been first class. As we move from the response phase to one of recovery, Fire and Rescue staff will remain in communities working with our partners to provide all possible support including home safety advice.

“I would like to pay tribute to all our staff and partners in the other blue light services and agencies who have done so much in the last week to keep people safe.”

The north east and Tayside areas have been devastated by flooding since December 30 and crews have been working around the clock to provide assistance to people across the north service delivery area.