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Firemen receive awards for terror attack bravery

11.12.07

The first firefighters to arrive at Glasgow Airport to tackle the flaming car used in the summer terror attack have been recognised at an awards ceremony today. Strathclyde Fire and Rescue's Chief Officer Brian Sweeney present commendations to the first three crews that attended the incident on June 30, in recognition of their 'extremely brave actions'.

Two crews from Paisley Fire Station and one from Renfrew Fire Station were the first on the scene. The 15 firefighters have been presented with the Chief Officers Commendation at a ceremony at Renfrew Fire Station, to recognise their bravery and professionalism.

The crews had gone to the airport expecting to deal with a routine car fire - only to discover that it was in fact a blazing bomb on wheels with flames licking up the airport building. The firemen quickly realised the incident could be a terrorist attack, and that there could be another device in the car, which was packed with gas canisters and loaded with nails. But they did not hesitate to act despite the fear that the canisters could explode.

Mr Sweeney said: 'The prompt and positive actions of these crews played a decisive part in ensuring that the terminal building was saved from severe fire damage. Without the skill and courage of these firefighters, the consequences could have been much worse - and there would have been no chance of getting the airport back into action as quickly as it was following the incident.'

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