Ballater fire crews receive award for flood response

Some of the Ballater crew with their commendation certificate.
Some of the Ballater crew with their commendation certificate.

Ballater firefighters have been honoured for their courageous response to the flooding caused by Storm Frank.

The crews battled tirelessly to protect the community, despite their station bearing the brunt of the deluge.

They received a Chief Officer Commendation at a fire service awards night on Tuesday.

Ballater crews were helping flood victims before their station flooded, which forced the movement of appliances to higher ground so they could protect local communities.

Despite the houses of seven firefighters also being badly affected by flooding, it was only after assisting residents did they return to their own homes.

Ballater’s station manager Colin Westwood said: “At the height of the flooding many of the local firefighters’ homes and properties were severely affected, however the crews continued to undertake their rescue operations with little or no regard for their own loss with their sole and unselfish focus being on responding and supporting their community.

“The whole station are a credit to both their community and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and I am absolutely delighted for them all.”