Grampian Police called on the services of a volunteer organisation in Grampian to assist them with the chaos caused by the extreme weather in Scotland on February 25. COTAG (Community Off-road Transport Action Group) provides the emergency services and local authorities with 4x4 vehicles and highly trained drivers which, in extreme conditions, offer additional logistic resources. COTAG's Vice Chairman, Nick Page, is a Royal Air Force Officer based at RAF Kinloss. In this instance he helped during the extreme weather conditions, providing assistance checking for stranded motorists and escorting vehicles to safety on the closed A96 and A95 roads. COTAG also assisted the efforts of Bear Scotland in getting traffic moving on the A96 again. The group remained on call to assist Grampian Police and NHS Grampian as the extreme weather continued and were supporting the WRVS Meals on Wheels service in the Keith area.
Chief Inspector Hugh Mackie, Deputy Divisional Commander for Moray Division commented, 'Grampian Police work in close partnership with a vast number of voluntary groups and we recognise the vital role they have within our communities. The recent challenges of the adverse weather conditions demonstrate the strength of these partnerships and this was evident when we worked with COTAG under the auspices of the Memorandum of Understanding we have with the group. While it is not an emergency or rescue service, COTAG is an extremely willing and receptive group of volunteers all of whom work particularly well with the Police, providing us with excellent logistical support. I look forward to the continuation of our positive relationship with COTAG and will have no hesitation calling upon them again when the need arises.'
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