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Two blazes during fire brigade strike
TWO fires broke out during yesterday’s four hour strike by members of the Fire Brigades’ Union in Wiltshire.
One of the blazes was a small fire in a light fitting at Superdrug in the Old George Mall, Salisbury, which was attended by a resilience crew made up of firefighters from other locations and an on-call crew from Wilton.
There was also a dishwasher fire in Swindon that was extinguished by a resilience crew stationed in the town to provide cover during the strike.
Fire bosses have described the management of the strike – which lasted from 12 noon to 4pm – as a success.
Of the firefighters scheduled to work during the afternoon, 120 were on duty and 128 were on strike.
This saw the fire stations in Salisbury, Trowbridge, Chippenham, Stratton, Swindon and Westlea closed for the four hours, and the on-call stations at Melksham, Warminster, Calne and Pewsey were unavailable.
Over the course of the strike, Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service had 16 fire engines available.
On an average day the service would expect to have around 24 appliances.
At 4pm, all striking crews returned to duty.
The service said the number of incidents was typical of a Wednesday afternoon.
Chief Fire Officer, Simon Routh-Jones said: “I am obviously very pleased that we have had a quiet afternoon across the county, and my thanks go to those firefighters who continued to work through the strike period and maintain such a good level of emergency response for our communities.
"We have done a great deal of planning for this industrial action and this has been very successful, with no issues during the four hours.”