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Union's concerns over 'under-sized' Windsor fire service

Union's concerns over 'under-sized' Windsor fire service

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Claire Smith

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Union's concerns over 'under-sized' Windsor fire service

The decision to bring in a smaller-scale fire service for Windsor to keep 24-hour cover in the town has been attacked by a union.

The existing fire station in St Mark's Road will be sold off as part of a deal announced at the end of September between the council and Royal Berkshire Fire Authority to keep a round-the-clock fire crew based in the town.

It will see a smaller fire engine crewed by a team of three on a site provided by the Royal Borough - probably in Tinkers Lane.

But the county's Fire Brigades Union has raised 'grave professional concerns' about the arrangement saying the new vehicle would be 'under-sized, under-equipped and under-crewed'.

Mark Stollery, Berkshire FBU's secretary said the deal, which is out to consultation, was 'politically-motivated and politically-fudged'.

See next week's Windsor Advertiser for more on this story.

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