T in the Park firefighters banned from getting wet

FIREFIGHTERS tasked with rescuing revellers at T in the Park will not be allowed to dive into the water should people fall into the festival site’s aquatic features.

T in the Park will take place in Strathallan next month. Picture: Contributed
T in the Park will take place in Strathallan next month. Picture: Contributed

Staff being trained at the festival’s new Strathallan location have been told they will only be perm,itted to throw a line or a float to party-goers who plunge into the ponds and streams around the site.

Firefighters, who are being given extra training to deal with water hazards, will be allowed no closer than two metres from the water’s edge.

The ban has arisen over fears over the drowning of crew members because of the weight of firefighters’ uniforms.

An insider at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Brigade told the Scottish Sun: “It was felt appropriate to give all the potential crews a water rescue refresher course. It is very limited in its scope for the retained crews becasue they mustn’t enter the water.”

Kasabian, The Libertines, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are among the acts headlining the festival next month.