Wiltshire fire crews on duty as bank holiday weekend strikes end

This Is Wiltshire: Striking firefighters at Chippenham: watch manager Paul Hanlon, Rob Kymoch, Colin Tailby and Paul Peche. (DV1287 Picture by Diane Vose Striking firefighters at Chippenham: watch manager Paul Hanlon, Rob Kymoch, Colin Tailby and Paul Peche. (DV1287 Picture by Diane Vose

The bank boliday weekend strikes called by the Fire Brigades’ Union has ended without a major incident in Wiltshire.

Members took industrial action for five hours on Friday afternoon and for 12 hours from Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters belonging to the FBU also went out on strike on Sunday for five hours from 10am.

During that time, Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service attended four incidents:

• A reported car fire in Gooselands, Westbury, which was attended by a resilience crew operating in the Warminster area. This turned out to be a false alarm..

• A road traffic collision at J17 of the M4 where a car had collided with a signpost on the roundabout – a crew from Malmesbury attended and made the vehicle safe.

• Two false alarms where cooking fumes had triggered the alarm systems – one at Bob May Court, Eldene, attended by a resilience crew operating in the Swindon area; and one at Gladys Plumley Gardens, Gorse Hill, attended by a crew from Royal Wootton Bassett.

A spokesman for Wiltshire Fire & Rescue service said: "Crews at ten of Wiltshire’s 24 fire stations were unavailable to respond to incidents during the strike, but the service had contingency plans in place to maintain cover across the county using on-call firefighters and alternative locations as appropriate.

"As a result, there were 11 appliances available ‘on station’ and a further three ‘on call’.

"As at 3pm on Sunday, May 4, all striking crews returned to duty."

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