Railway Helps Crews Battling Blazes

A busy weekend for the island’s fire and rescue service saw the railway’s fire train assist crews with fires in the south of the island on Sunday.

The four shouts included an exploding gas canister and three outdoor blazes.

The first call came shortly after 11am Douglas crews responded to reports of an outside fire in the area of Marine Drive, near to Port Soderick. Crews discovered a 30m length of hedgerow on fire and used two high pressure hosereels to extinguish the fire.

Then at 12.30pm, Kirk Michael crews responded to reports of an outside fire to the rear of a property on The Coast Road, Jurby. Crews discovered the remnants of a small fire which had been extinguished prior to their arrival and administered initial first aid to one person requiring treatment for burns caused when a small gas cartridge, which had accidentally been placed on the fire, exploded. Further treatment was provided by paramedics.

Later on, just after 2.30pm, Castletown crews responded to reports of a small outside fire on Castletown by-pass. Crews used a high pressure hosereel to extinguish the fire.

Then at 4.45pm, one major appliance and one off-road appliance from Rushen Station responded to multiple fires along the railway lines at Mount Gawne Road, Colby. Crews used an ultra high pressure lance from the off-road vehicle and hosereel equipment to extinguish the fires. Assistance was provided from the railway’s fire train and staff who were able to dampen down the areas involved.