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Strike dates announced.

Fire strikes announced
FBU announce eight strike dates Credit: ITV

The Fire Brigades Union has announced eight days of strike action this month. They are involved in a national dispute over changes to firefighters' pensions.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue service say they've put contingency plans in place to provide a level of cover during the strike periods.

The dates are:
Saturday 9 August - from 12noon to 2pm and 10.59pm to 11.59 pm Sunday 10 August - from 12noon to 2pm and 10.59pm to 11.59 pm Monday 11 August - from 12noon to 2pm and 10.59pm to 11.59 pm Tuesday 12 August - from 12noon to 2pm and 10.59pm to 11.59 pm Wednesday 13 August - from 12noon to 2pm and 10.59pm to 11.59 pm Thursday 14 August - from 12noon to 2pm and 10.59pm to 11.59 pm Friday 15 August - from 12noon to 2pm and 10.59pm to 11.59 pm Saturday 16 August - from 12noon to 2pm and 10.59pm to 11.59 pm

Acting Assistant Chief Fire Officer Andy Mancey said: “We will be putting contingency arrangements in place again and we will still be answering and responding to emergency calls. However, because we will have fewer resources than usual, we will be giving priority to incidents where people’s lives are at risk, such as house fires and serious road traffic collisions.

Fire service reports strike emergency callout figures

The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) has reported receiving 26 calls during a 24-hour strike which ended at 9am this morning. Ten of the incidents required crews to attend. Twelve fire appliances were available during the strike.

“Our contingency arrangements worked well and members of the public have once again helped us by calling 999 only when necessary.”

– Acting Assistant Chief Fire Officer Andy Mancey, RBFRS

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Crew member treated at the scene

Fire-damaged house in Maidenhead where a fireman was injured
Credit: ITV Meridian

A firefighter was injured when attending a house fire in Woodlands Park, Maidenhead, this morning. He was treated by paramedics at the scene for minor burns before he was sent to hospital for a precautionary check-up.

Shortly before 3.30am, a resident reported flames coming from the house next door. Four fire appliances attended, with an aerial ladder platform from Reading and the multi-role command and control vehicle from Dee Road, Reading. Firefighters carried out a search of the property.

The house was under renovation and no-one was inside. The fire caused severe damage to the house, with 100 per cent of the first floor and 80 per cent of the roof destroyed and a partial roof collapse. The fire is believed to have started in a bedroom and a fire investigation will be carried out.

Berkshire Chief Fire officer retires

Chief fire officer
Iain Cox is retiring from Royal Berkshire Fire Service Credit: Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Berkshire's Chief Fire Officer has retired after 34 years working for the Fire Service.

After joining Berkshire Fire Service, Iain Cox was appointed Chief Fire Officer in 2003 and was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal in 2009 for outstanding service.

The Chairman of Royal Berkshire Fire Authority, Councillor Colin Dudley, said: "Iain has set the bar at an extremely high level. His outstanding dedication, knowledge and leadership have seen RBFRS through some of the most challenging years in its history."

Acting Chief Officer Olaf Baars said: "Iain has been a steady hand on the helm for a decade and understood RBFRS as do few others. He has made an enormous contribution to public safety in Berkshire and we wish him and his wife Jane an enjoyable time together in retirement."

Royal Berkshire Fire Authority is currently recruiting a new Chief Fire Officer and will announce the new appointment shortly.

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