Firefighters go on strike

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Firefighters go on strike this morning Photo: Press Association

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.

I would like to thank the public once again for taking extra care to reduce the risk of fire and for not calling 999 unnecessarily during this morning’s strike. I would also urge people to continue to follow our safety advice whether strike action is taking place or not. As the incident in Mill Lane this morning highlights, several roads in Berkshire are currently affected by flooding. Please do not put yourself and your passengers at risk by attempting to drive through flood water – it may add extra time to your journey but it is far safer to choose an alternative route.”

– Andy Mancey, Acting Assistant Chief Fire Officer, RBFRS

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’.