Fires attended during strike

DURING the latest strike by members of the Fire Brigades’ Union on Saturday, Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service attended eight incidents.

These included three small fires, one automatic fire alarm, one false alarm, one traffic collision, one report of a person trapped in a lift and a co-responder call (where firefighters provide assistance to South Western Ambulance Service).

The incidents attended in south Wiltshire were:

• An unknown fire in Firsdown, Salisbury which turned out to be controlled burning, attended by a crew from Wilton.

• Melksham.

• A refuse fire in a lay-by on the A30 at Compton Chamberlayne, attended as normal by a crew from Wilton.

• A co-responder call in Tisbury, attended by a crew from Tisbury.

• A bin fire in Salisbury, attended by a crew from Amesbury.

Throughout the strike period the service were also dealing with a major fire at Shanleys Scrap Yard in Trowbridge, which started just before the strike started. Crews from Trowbridge, Melksham and Warminster, who were due to go on strike, remained at the scene for a number of hours to ensure the fire was brought under control as swiftly as possible.

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