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15 treated after chemical spill

South West Ambulance Service say 15 people needed treatment for 'minor injuries and eye irritations' after a chemical spill in Pool.

None were taken to hospital or required further treatment.

Emergency services were called in on Tuesday after a drum reportedly fell off a lorry on Dudnance Lane. The area was been cordoned off, with crews from six areas on the scene, along with police and ambulance services.

Fire crews at the chemical spill in Pool Credit: @FalmouthCFRS

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Fire crews tackle chemical spill near Redruth

People are being advised to avoid the area around Dudnance Lane. Credit: Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service

Fire crews are dealing with a chemical spill at a laundry company in Pool, near Redruth.

The incident started after a drum reportedly fell off a lorry on Dudnance Lane. The area has been cordoned off, with crews from six areas on the scene, along with police and ambulance services.

People are being advised to avoid the surrounding area.

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Chief Fire Officers insist they will cope with strike

Chief Fire Officers across the West Country insist their services will be able to respond to emergencies when firefighters go on strike tomorrow. But they warn response times could be slower.

The Fire Brigades Union has called a four hour strike starting at midday. Its members are unhappy about proposed changes to their retirement age and pension contributions. Duncan Sleightholme reports.

Retained firefighters come from 'all walks of life'

The only requirements for applicants are that they must be of a minimum age of 18, reasonably fit and healthy and live or work within five minutes of their local fire station.

“We welcome enquiries from all sections of the community and the successful applicants will be paid a monthly retainer fee plus additional for call outs. It’s also a chance to become a crucial member of a highly trained and tight-knit team.

Retained firefighters help save lives by attending emergencies, including fighting fires, chemical spills, road traffic accidents and animal rescues. They are also trained in specialist skills such as cliff and water rescue and breathing apparatus support and can be called upon to provide these skills at major incidents anywhere in the county.

– Jon Hall, Chief Fire Officer, Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service

Being a retained firefighter is one of the most exciting and rewarding jobs you can do and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service couldn't operate without their dedication and commitment.

It’s such a valuable service to provide to your local community and I would encourage people to apply if they feel it’s a commitment they could make.”

– Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, Gloucestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety
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