Firefighters across the region have gone on strike again today in a row over pensions. Members of the FBU union walked out between 6:30 and 8:30 this morning as part of a national day of action.
However, fire officers made an agreement last night that they would return to work to deal with any serious flooding in light of the severe weather across the south.
RoyalBerkshire Fire and Rescue Service received one call that requiredattendance during the period of strike action. A vehicle became stuck in flood water in Mill Lane, Sindlesham - the occupant was removed tosafety.
Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service attended one minor incident during the walkout.
A crew from Royal Wootton Bassett was called to the Miranda House Care Home in the High Street at 8.08am after reports of a smell of burning. This was identified as being caused by a faulty light fitting.
Crews at ten of Wiltshire’s 24 fire stations were unavailable to respond to incidents during the strike, but the Service had contingency plans in place to maintain cover across the county using on-call firefighters as appropriate. As a result, there were ten appliances available ‘on station’ and a further three ‘on call’.