Call to keep full fire team in Windsor

Call to keep full fire team in Windsor

Francis Batt

Call to keep full fire team in Windsor
Windsor Fire Station

A continuing 24-hour fully manned fire fighting team could and should remain in Windsor says a leading campaigner.

Retired firefighter Richard Coates is due to make the demand at tonight's  meeting of Berkshire Fire Authority.

The authority wants to sell off the town's fire station in St Mark's Road.

The Royal Borough has agreed to make premises at Tinkers Lane available for a fire engine - but so far the fire authority has offered no guarantees of a nightly team large enough to make full use of it at major incidents.

A permanent Windsor team has already been replaced by a new system that sees firefighters from other stations fill the gap at night.

Mr Coates is due to point out that - apart from three nights - a full crew of four to five firefighters has been manning the Windsor shifts for the three months following the introduction of the new system that began October 1.

They attended more than 45 night call outs during that period, whereas the Wokingham appliance attended only 33.

Mr Coates hopes for some sort of guarantee that the same level of manning will continue at Windsor when the move to Tinkers Lane happens.

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