Highland firefighters take part in multi-agency operation

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Crews responded to a road traffic collision as part of vital training

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Firefighters took part in a multi-agency training exercise at Invergordon Station recently to hone their road traffic collision skills.
 
Crews from Invergordon, Balintore and Inverness responded to a multi-vehicle road traffic collision alongside the Scottish Ambulance Service, NHS and the British Red Cross.

The realistic scenario involved three cars, a mini bus and a motorbike colliding, with one of the cars being on its side and the other on its roof.

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The exercise was organised by Watch Manager Gary Faulds, who said afterwards: “The purpose of this multi-agency event was to maintain and build on the practical ability of our firefighters, which ultimately leads to saving lives.
 
“We are ready and able to respond to many different emergency situations, including road traffic collisions although ultimately, we want people to be safe on the roads.”

The exercise included a number of casualties with various injuries designed to test the multi-agency approach to road traffic collisions.

The casualties were all extricated using a variety of specialist techniques, including door removal, full roof removal and roof flap.

Watch Manager Faulds added: “I’d like to thank our partners for attending, including the Scottish Ambulance Service, the NHS and the British Red Cross, whose medical staff set up a mobile hospital and performed realistic triage with a variety of treatments and techniques being carried out on the casualties.

“As with all incidents, time really is key and joint training, events such as this are essential to ensuring that our services can respond effectively alongside one another should such an incident arise.”

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