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
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'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.
Around 27 firefighters were called to the Mercure Hotel at Elcot Park in Bath Road in Newbury. A number of guests were led from the premises at about 3.30am. The fire is out. No-one is reported to have been injured. It is believed the fire may have starte din the basement.