Moray leaders spend a day at the sharp end of rescue services

Councillors, police and fire crews got together in Elgin
Councillors, police and fire crews got together in Elgin

A CRASH SCENE set up to demonstrate the equipment used to rescue motorists trapped in wrecked vehicles was set up for the benefit of local councillors on Friday.

Police and fire emergency crews re-enacted a scene for the benefit of members of Moray Council’s police and fire rescue committee after it was felt they would benefit from viewing equipment and procedures used in such incidents.

As a result Elgin councillor Graham Leadbitter found himself in the role of firefighter – getting out from behind his desk to ensure that an “injured driver” remained in the correct position to receive emergency CPR.

Councillor Leadbitter said: “It was really hard work – but nowhere near as tough as the situations our fire crews actually encounter.”

The councillors spent the entire day and admitted that their eyes had been opened on the variety of equipment available to crews in the Elgin Fire Station, Cllr Leadbitter adding: “The day was really interesting – a fascinating insight into just how difficult the job of firefighter can be.

“We are used to sitting in the council chambers so the chance to learn from front-line firefighters and police officers about their day to day work was really useful.”

Input into the day was provided by the senior officer for Moray and Aberdeenshire, David Rout, and Chief Inspector Willie Findlay.

David Rout said: “As we progress with the consultation and engagement of the SFRS Strategic Plan and implementation of Moray Local Fire and Rescue Plan police it is essential we have a close working relationship between staff, elected members and the wider community.

“This engagement event aimed to highlight how both organisations are continuing to provide and deliver a high level of service to the communities in Moray.”

Chief Inspector Findlay added: “We welcome the opportunity to strengthen relationships with the local Councillors and give them the opportunity to gain awareness of some of the wider specialist resources available to local officers in Moray, which are not based in Moray.”