The Firefighters' Heritage Trail has been created to honour firefighters who lost their lives protecting life and property in Glasgow. “You’re putting them into a hard experience. Those ads you do see are predominantly from local businesses promoting local services. “They are a fantastic bunch of guys and never stopped working – unless it became unsafe. Back up on the surface, the day’s training has already started. Scotland marks 60th anniversary of Cheapside Street fire disaster. “We’re looking at their traits,” says Andrew Watson Jnr, “and some people realise after a while that they don’t have those traits.”. The Cheapside Street fire razed an area of Glasgow to the ground and cost the lives of nineteen men. The Russian leader says his first call with the new US president was "business-like and frank". The fire companies responded, and saved the building from total loss. Our torches light up the beams above. Tags: Glasgow Cheapside Street … "This is a dark day for Pollokshields and everyone affected is in my thoughts," she told the BBC. It doesn’t look like it, but this dark, wet tunnel is a kind of classroom. It happened on 2 January 1971 in an exit stairway at Ibrox Park (now Ibrox Stadium) in Glasgow, Scotland.It was the worst British football disaster until the Hillsborough disaster in Sheffield, England, in 1989. Road closures are currently in place, in and around Albert Drive in the #Pollockshields area of #Glasgow, this is due to an ongoing incident being dealt with by @fire_scot and Police Scotland. You have to weigh it up – if I have a good chance of saving life, I will take a risk. Thirteen men from the service were involved in the operation and Jim Malko, who was assistant manager of Crossgates at the time, said it was one of the service’s most dangerous cases. Some uplifts from the presentation by Monty Dart and William Cross, FSA Scot. "While our partners are confident that there are no casualties, a joint investigation into the cause of the fire is under way with the fire service and further updates will be provided when available.". James works for the Ambulance Service’s Special Operations Response Team and has come to Crossgates to prepare for some of the situations he might face. "In my entire career, I’ve only ever been uncomfortable once, in Colombia, when they took me down what was supposed to be one of their safest mines and I thought, I have to go back out. Fire Broke Out at 3:30 This Afternoon. Everything is risk, risk, risk. ... Watson Street Fire in Glasgow, 1905. You have a debrief and tell them what they should have done. I have to crouch down to avoid hitting my head. This list may not reflect recent changes ( learn more ). Andrew used to be a coal miner and tells me the 2ft-high tunnel is typical of the ones he used to have to crawl down when he worked in the mines. Or it could be where it all started for this extraordinary emergency service: deep underground. You get used to it, he says. Kristofer Sweeney and Aaron Lindsay feel the same way. “In my days,” he says, “you wanted to be the guy that helped and that’s typical of the mining community. Stories like that one – sometimes with a happy ending, sometimes not – have been Andrew Watson’s life work and he is still highly motivated by a desire to help. A blaze ripped through a bonded warehouse, containing over … My dad came out and said, ‘you start on Monday’. John Storrie, an 18-year-old student, was swept into a hole that had opened up in Riddrie graveyard in Glasgow during heavy rain and when MRS arrived at the scene, it was hoped James might have survived in an air hole. “The reason the fire and rescue service wanted us there was to shore up the collapsed building and to move several tons of rubble to access the casualties,” he says. It could be at the top of wind turbine. Flood. Readers’ comments: You are personally liable for the content of any comments you upload to this website, so please act responsibly. I did three months training on the surface and then I was underground and I was a face worker by the time I was 18.”. 4 /9. The demolition men, James Mulligan and Dennis Ashcroft, were rescued, but the barber, Joe Eusebi, and his customer, John Wilson, were trapped in the rubble and sadly could not be saved. We walk down into the darkness. ", Incident Commander James McNeil added: "This has undoubtedly been a challenging and protracted incident that required considerable resources to meet.". Pages in category "Disasters in Glasgow" The following 15 pages are in this category, out of 15 total. ''There was a lot of water, flooded to the roof in places,'' he said. And over the years, he and his colleagues have been involved in many search and rescue operations, including some of Scotland’s most notorious accidents and disasters. He helps trains the service’s new generation of rescuers like Kristofer and Aaron, and rescuers in other organisations such as James. We head back towards the tunnels where Mr Watson tells me more about his days as a miner. “The figure in the 1950s was a fatality every three days.”. Over three days, we helped in the rescue of a number of casualties, but also the recovery of others who had sadly lost their lives.”. In the last 18 months alone, 14 new recruits have been trained here and they’re now part of teams based all over the UK. It could be in the rubble and dust of a collapsed building. Who's behind the recent killings in Iraq? Lost Glasgow: Return to the Cheapside Street fire disaster Blaze heroes will never be forgotten Fifty-seven years ago, today, a blaze in a bonded warehouse in Glasgow claimed the lives of 19 Fire Service personnel, making it Britain's worst peacetime fire services disaster. Albion Colliery Disaster. Four or five passengers were killed. The collision caused a fire and explosion that left most of the city without power... and the disaster occurred during a severe cold snap, with temperatures as cold as −30 °F. Humza Yousaf, Scotland's justice minister, also tweeted his thanks to the fire service for dealing with the "very dangerous" incident in the "heart of the community". One of the operations that particularly sticks in Mr Watson’s mind happened in Glasgow in June 1981. It could be an explosion in a power station; or someone hanging off some scaffolding; or someone trapped underground or high on a wind turbine (the training centre’s facilities include a replica of a turbine). Power supplies were cut off from some properties in the G41 area at 04:00 at the request of the emergency services, but were expected to be restored by midnight, Scottish Power Energy Networks reported. The Watson Street fire was one of Glasgow’s most dreadful disasters on Sunday 19 November 1905, like Grenfell there was a large loss of life of poor people, the ‘hidden people’ in our society. AstraZeneca-EU row escalates over vaccine shortage, Gymnast's 'black excellence' routine goes viral, The homeless addict who became a professor, Why convicting Trump just got a lot harder, When your 'pandemic puppy' doesn't work out, Dave Grohl: 'I dreamt I was shot in the back', The comic in jail for jokes he didn't crack, A raccoon, pony and other White House pets. The tunnel we’re standing in is part of the service’s training centre in Crossgates in Fife. We definitely take risks, but the more training you do, the more confident you feel.”. THE INVESTIGATION into the major fire that took hold of The Glasgow School of Art almost one year ago is moving into its final phases. If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here. We walk a little further on. Mr Watson’s job, and his vocation, is to pass those lessons on to the new rescuers who regularly come to Crossgates. The fire at a whisky bond killed 14 fire service and 5 salvage corps personnel. They never gave up hope.”. This fire was overshadowed only by a similar fire in James Watt Street (also in Glasgow) on 19 November 1968, when 22 people died. Houses, shops and warehouses were burnt to the ground and almost a … “We are looking to see how they react,” says Mr Watson. These guys are here to take a risk, and they will take a risk to save lives, but it has to be an acceptable risk because there’s no point in them killing themselves. We learn to prioritise the casualty and each other and you could be involved in any kind of situation which is why the training is so extensive. It leads to a long, low tunnel. Officially known as MRS Training & Rescue, the service was established over 100 years ago to rescue miners from accidents, but it has since diversified and now trains rescuers to work in all kinds of dangerous and difficult situations: tunnels, wind turbines, high buildings – anywhere where someone could get into trouble and where effecting a rescue would be difficult. Witnessed the most astonishing bravery I've ever seen last night in Pollokshields by @fire_scot Absolute heroes. The disaster occurred between Glasgow Junction and Cave City, about eighty miles from Louisville. Two diggers were used to excavate a trench before rescuers in wetsuits were lowered into the tunnel to search the water inch by inch. Little reliable information in regard to the disaster is reported. pic.twitter.com/nVoSOmhQTm. The Iowa City Citizen Iowa 1909-01-15 Andrew says he can take people to this area of the tunnel and recreate almost every dangerous situation you can think of: fire, heat, gas, explosion, you name it. They start on a 12-month probation period during which the trainers look to see if they have what it takes. “It’s amazing how quick you get comfortable with it,” says Aaron. Kristofer and Aaron are still in the early stages of the training, and after five weeks or so will be assigned to one of the rescue teams that are based all over the UK, at nuclear power stations, in mines, and construction sites and so on. Who's behind the recent killings in Iraq? Get involved with the news in your community, This website and associated newspapers adhere to the Independent Press Standards Organisation's Editors' Code of Practice. MRS operations manager, Errol Parrish, was one of those on the scene at Stockline. You have your stand-by man and nine times out of ten it’s the most experienced guy and you’re going to trust him with your life.”, Aaron is talking about men like Andrew Watson, my guide in the tunnel. A four-storey tenement building in Glasgow's southside has collapsed after a fire spread from a ground floor shop. 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