As severe gales batter Scotland, with winds of more than 80mph predicted, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue today assured the public that firefighters are prepared to deal with weather-related emergencies.

With schools closed and severe travel disruption predicted, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said it is working closely with the Scottish Government, the police, NHS, local government and other agencies to ensure communities remain as safe as possible during the extreme weather.

Head of Operations and DACO Jim Doyle said: "SFR is at an enhanced state of readiness and crews will tackle whatever emergencies arise due to the extreme weather.

"With driving conditions extremely difficult due to the severe gales and heavy rain, we are advising drivers to take special care.  If you have to drive today, plan your journey carefully, make sure you give yourself extra time to make the journey and keep checking the Traffic Scotland website for updates on road conditions. You can also check for the latest weather updates at the Met Office website.

"Homeowners should also ensure that all items of garden furniture − especially children's trampolines − are secured or stored away to ensure it is not carried away by the high winds, causing damage or road obstructions.

"We are working closely with the Scottish Government and other agencies to ensure a co-ordinated response to any weather-related contingencies that may arise."


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