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    Unhappy Scottish Firefighter killed in crash today: Colleague of mine

    Firefighter dies in engine crash

    A firefighter has died and three others have been injured after a fire engine crashed in Clackmannanshire.

    John Noble, 46, died when the fire appliance left the A91 road between Tillicoultry and Dollar at about 1330 GMT and struck a tree.

    Mr Noble was based at Alloa Fire Station



    The crew had been responding to an automatic call from a primary school, which turned out to be a false alarm.

    Firefighter Alan Robertson was also seriously injured in the crash and two others suffered minor injuries.

    Mr Robertson was airlifted to Glasgow's Southern General.

    The other two officers are being treated at Stirling Royal Infirmary.

    One firefighter in the appliance was uninjured.

    An investigation has been launched into the crash.

    The road was closed in both directions for about seven hours.

    We are shocked and our thoughts are with the crew and their families

    Central Scotland Fire and Rescue

    Mr Noble, from Alloa, had more than 20 years' experience as a firefighter. He leaves a wife and two children.

    Colleagues expressed their shock and sadness at news of the "experienced and popular" firefighter's death.

    Mr Noble had recently returned from a two-week intensive urban search and rescue course in Texas.

    He was one of only 22 firefighters in the UK certified as structural collapse technicians following the course.

    The accident happened close to the Harviestoun Country Hotel on the outskirts of Tillicoultry. The area is a notorious accident blackspot.

    The appliance was responding to an automatic fire alarm at Strathdevon Primary School in Dollar. The call turned out to be a false alarm.


    The road is expected to be closed for some time

    Arie Rodenburg, owner of the nearby Hillfoots Garden Centre and Golf Driving Range, said: "We just heard a big noise. We can't get near the scene because the road is closed.

    "There were loads of fire engines, ambulances and police cars there and even a helicopter."

    Chief Fire Officer Steven Torrie said: "Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Service is a small service and a close-knit community and we are all absolutely devastated by this loss and extremely concerned about our injured colleagues.

    "The thoughts of every single member of this service are with the firefighter's family and the families of our injured colleagues - this is a tragic day for our service."
    I got the call this afternoon to give me the news.

    I'm still numb, I serve at the same station as John and have worked with him many a time.

    I just can't believe this has happened.

    John was a cornerstone of our brigade and will be irreplaceable.

    Just got back from the pub with the guys off the shift as well as the retained guys who attended the incident today.

    This is just awful. I just dont know what to say or type.

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    Feel for you M8,hits hard something like this many years ago pulled a mate from under his car he had been working underneath with only the car jack. A sad time for his family and all those that knew John Noble.just writing about it on this forum is helping you.

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    So sorry to hear this m8

    One of my good mates was badly injured on a shout a few years ago and had to give up the job, that was bad enough so it must be hell for you lads up there.

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    Cry wolf costs again, I hope someone is made aware that if they hadn't hit the fire alarm, this man would still be alive, very expensive joke imo, I see it twice a month at halls of residence where some drunk student thinks it's funny to get everyone up at 1am.

    Deepest sympathies sent, another productive member of society gone.

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    terrible mate really sorry to here that.
    thoughts and prayers are with his friends family and of course people like you his work mates.

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    saw it on the news, really sad, and they said the call was a false alarm as well !

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    Absolutely tragic.
    As you said, words aren't enough.

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    they should jail the hoaxer for manslaughter!

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    Absolutley awfull mate, another good man left too early, thoughts and prayers to his family and all who knew him.

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    Tragic news. Unfortunately, it'll not get a mention in the national news. Three Police have been shot and a dozen stabbed in the first two weeks of this year. Lucky if it gets a minute on the news.

    The treatment of our emergency services is a disgrace in this country.

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