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Firefighters on strike again

The second strike by firefighters in four days is taking place across the south. The walkout, which began at six this morning, is part of a long running dispute with the government over pensions.

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No incidents during Wiltshire morning strike

During the strike by the Fire Brigades' Union between 6am and 8am this morning, Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service attended no incidents.

The service had 12 appliances available and a further three 'on call', however on an average day the Service would expect to have around 24 appliances available.

My thanks go to those staff who made themselves available to maintain an emergency response across the county – fortunately, we had just one false alarm during the first strike and no incidents this morning. While we were quiet, it was imperative that our communities could be sure that 999 calls were responded to quickly, and I am very proud that we were able to keep such a good level of fire cover throughout both periods of action."

– Chief Fire Officer Simon Routh-Jones

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