The ‘Royal’ Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service prides itself upon its ‘resilience’. In laymans terms that the ability to cope in an emergency.
However that concept was somewhat stretched in the early hours of Sunday 03 April and the future consequences bode ill when considering any proposed closure of Windsor Fire Station at night…
At 01-26 hours a fire occurred in a high rise building, namely Asbourne House, Burlington Avenue, Slough. This ‘persons reported’ incident required the attendance of ALL Slough Fire Station crews (Two pumping appliances and the aerial appliance) PLUS a crew from Langley Fire Station. Most of the appliances were committed for TWO hours.
During that period, the Windsor Fire crew were sent to Slough fire station to provide cover (‘Standby’ is the Brigade term).
That meant that WINDSOR were covering THREE large station grounds: Slough, Langley and Windsor.
Yet the Brigade proposes to CLOSE Windsor in the future and attempt to provide cover from Slough???