Vandals smash wing mirrors off emergency vehicles
Inquiry: Volunteers left ‘utterly disappointed’
Two vehicles used by emergency first aiders have been vandalised after being targeted while volunteers were carrying out training. Fraserburgh Community First Responders only discovered the damage on Tuesday night, when the group left a training session in the port’s Mid Street.
Two vehicles used by emergency first aiders have been vandalised after being targeted while volunteers were carrying out training.
Fraserburgh Community First Responders only discovered the damage on Tuesday night, when the group left a training session in the port’s Mid Street.
No other vehicles in the area had been damaged, but the two vans, given to the group by local firm Gray and Adams, had their wing mirrors destroyed.
Last night, volunteer Doug Ewen said: “Quite a number of cars were in the street, but we seem to have been targeted. There’s been a spate of it in Fraserburgh and it’s not good to see.
“We’ve no reason to believe that anyone would specifically do this to us, because we’re a community scheme to help the town.
“One mirror was left hanging off by a wire, but obviously the vans are oncall throughout the day so we don’t know when we’ll have the time to get them fully repaired.” The group, which is funded by donations, has called for information to catch the culprit.
In a statement after the vandalism, a spokesman branded the incident “utterly disappointing”.
He said: “Both our vans were maliciously damaged. We are disappointed that someone felt they had to damage both our vans for no reason. If anyone has any information, please get in touch.”
Last year, the first responder group attended 30 callouts using the vehicles.
More than 20 local businesses and groups helped get the initiative off the ground, which included donations from Cheers Bar towards uniforms and Meallmore, which funded a defibrillator.
James Gray, whose firm donated the vehicles, said the group’s work could “mean the difference between life and death for many people”.
Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact police on 101.
SETBACK: First responder Donny Harper with one of the vehicles that was vandalised in Fraserburgh