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Calls to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service almost triple amid Storm Arwen disruption

By Ewan Malcolm

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THE Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) received more than 900 emergency calls on Friday - almost three times the normal number.

SFRS received more than 900 emergency calls on Friday.
SFRS received more than 900 emergency calls on Friday.

More than 500 were attributed to the disruption caused by Storm Arwen which affected many areas of the country.

Firefighters were mobilised to more than 500 incidents involving high winds with areas in the north-east of Scotland seeing the worst of the weather.

John Dickie, Assistant Chief Officer in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, 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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