INFORMATION APPEAL AFTER GROUP’S VANS DAMAGED
A VOLUNTEER group that saves lives has had two of its vehicles vandalised.
The Broch Community First Responders are appealing for anyone with information to come forward after the wing mirrors were damaged on its vans.
Branded with the group’s logo, the Fraserburgh-based volunteers believe the vandals had deliberately targeted them.
It was discovered after a training session on Tuesday night that the vehicles had been damaged.
Douglas Ewen, the co-ordinator for the Broch Community First Responders, said: “We were having a training session like normal in the church hall and we think it was targeted then.
“No other cars have been damaged and there were around 15 of us there and we all had our own cars.
“It looks like they have gone out their way to deliberately target our vehicles. One of our members spotted it.
“The mirror is still attached, but it has been damaged and the mechanism is broken.
“It means we’ll have to pay for that to be fixed, we’ve managed to put into back into place while we wait for it to go to the garage.”
Douglas added: “I don’t know what possesses people to attack a van like ours as we are a volunteer group trying to help the community by going on emergency calls.
“One of our members has reported the vandalism to police so we are looking for anyone who might have seen anything to get in touch.”
The group was established in May 2016 with the aim of helping those requiring emergency care including cardiac arrests, asthma attacks and otheremergencies by attending before paramedics. Broch Community First Responders also appealed on social media for information on the incident saying the group was “utterly disappointed”.
A community leader also expressed her disappointment over the incident.
Councillor Doreen Mair, who represents Fraserburgh, said: “I’m disgusted that this has happened.
“I don’t know what the people who did this think they are achieving by doing it.
“What would they think if a family member needed medical attention and the van wasn’t available due to vandalism?”
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I don’t know what possesses people
sadness: Volunteer first responder Donny Harper with one of the damaged vehicles.
van: The vehicle is branded with the Broch Community First Responders’ logo.