All "Q" on the Wiltshire front during firefighters' strike
1:56pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in North Wilts news
RETAINED firefighters dealt with two emergency callouts in Wiltshire during Wednesday’s four-hour strike by members of the Fire Brigades Union.
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.”
Four crews made up of the part-timers covered major towns alongside their on-call colleagues.
On-call firefighters from Cricklade joined the crew covering Swindon in dealing with a dishwasher fire in Oakhurst at 3.34pm.
Fire stations including Chippenham, Swindon, Stratton, Westlea were closed while several retained stations were unavailable and of the firefighters scheduled to work 120 reported for duty and 128 were on strike.
Sixteen of the 24 usual 24 appliances were available.