Firefighters experience busy night during 24-hour strike

Published: 13 Jun 2014 10:300 comments

FIREFIGHTERS had a busy night during a 24 hour strike between 9am on Thursday and 9am on Friday.

Four firefighters were called to a house fire in Frederick Place, in Wokingham, at about 1.45am on Friday.

They used two hosereels and were able to put out the fire with no-one suffering any injuries.

Firefighters were also called to a kitchen fire at Warfield Park, in Jigs Lane South, just after 8pm on Thursday. They put out the blaze and no-one suffered any injuries.

A crew was also called to reports of flooding at a house in Alderman Willey Close, in Wokingham, just after 9am on Thursday, but were not required to do anything.

They were also called to a fire alarm in Sandy Lane, Bracknell, on Friday morning.

During the strike, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) received 26 calls, 10 of which required attendance.

Twelve fire appliances were available during the strike period.

Acting Assistant Chief Fire Officer Andy Mancey said: “Our contingency arrangements worked well and members of the public have once again helped us by calling 999 only when necessary.”

Members of the Fire Brigades Union chose to strike in an ongoing row with the government over pay and pensions.

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