Reston blaze emphasises need for firefighters

Fire destroys garage business in Reston.
Fire destroys garage business in Reston.

LOthian and Borders Fire Brigade are continuing their investigations into a fire which destroyed a Reston garage last week.

The fire service were first made aware of the blaze after taking a number of calls from concerned members of the public just after 9.45pm last Thursday and crews from Coldstream, Duns, Eyemouth and Kelso quickly rushed to the scene.

By the time they reached Bridgend Garage in Reston’s Main Street, the one storey building was well alight but they managed to bring the flames under control within a few hours.

A specialist unit and fire investigation team travelled down from Edinburgh and the situation was made more difficult by the fact that propane cylinders were inside the garage. As a precaution, residents in an adjoining house were evacuated from their home and a number of the garage’s walls had to be knocked down as they were deemed a safety hazard.

A spokesperson for the fire service said that at the time of going to press, the cause of the blaze was still to be established but it wasn’t being treated as suspicious.

The fire in Reston emphasised the important role of retained firefighters in serving the local community and Lothian and Borders Group Commander William Allison told ‘The Berwickshire News ‘ that had it not been for the rapid response of the retained crews from Eyemouth, Duns, Coldstream and Kelso the garage could have been much worse.

Stations in Duns, Eyemouth, Kelso, Lauder, Selkirk, Innerleithen and Newcastleton are all looking for new recruits and Willie said he hoped more people would be attracted to what is a challenging but rewarding job.

He added: “The role of a retained firefighter is crucial in keeping the communities in the Scottish Borders safe. Being a firefighter can be a challenging job, but it’s also extremely fulfilling to know you are making a real difference to your community. This is a chance to work in partnership with other organisations such as the police, ambulance and council to make the Scottish Borders a safer place to live, work and visit.”

Recruitment evenings will be held at both Duns and Eyemouth fire stations on Monday, February 13 from 6-9pm and 6.30-8.30pm respectively.

For further recruitment information, visit the careers page of www.lbfire.org.uk. Applications are available on line at www.myjobscotland.gov.uk with a closing date of Sunday, February 19.