Firefighters in Wales return after strike action

Firefighters in Wales and England have returned to normal service after striking twice this weekend. The Fire Brigades Union is in a dispute with the Government over pensions.

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Fire services 'back to normal'

Fire services in Wales have returned to normal after a four hour walk-out yesterday.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union staged their sixth strike since September in a row over pensions with the UK government.

South Wales Fire Service said it received multiple calls from people affected by floods in the Rhondda and contingency plans were put in place.

One woman in Anglesey was taken to hospital after inhaling smoke which badly damaged her house.

North Wales Fire Service said they were called to a house fire in Cemaes Bay, Anglesey at 9.36pm.

The occupier was able to get out but there was substantial damage to the property.

An investigation has been launched.

Chief Fire Officer Simon Smith of North Wales Fire Service said:

"There was obviously a reduction in the resources that we had at our disposal. However, our business continuity plans were put into operation effectively.”

Throughout the strike period Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service was operating at around 75% availability.

It attended a number of incidents including flooding at a property in Swansea and a kitchen fire in Ammanford.

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