On the 09 May 2011 at 12-49 hours a single appliance was sent to alarms operating at Arbourvale School, Farnham Road in Slough. The sole appliance was sent as a result of the Brigades Automatic Fire Alarm ‘Call Challenge Policy’: The caller is asked to return into the building to confirm whether it is a false alarm! This flies in the face of traditional fire service advice which is to, ‘Get out, stay out and call the Fire Brigade out’. It manifests that there was a fire within this building which required the attendance of FOUR pumping appliances. A total of 6 breathing apparatus wearers were used, plus a high pressure hose-reel jet and a positive pressure ventilation fan. Appliances were in attendance for over 3 hours.
On that same day at 13-16 hours, the Windsor appliance was mobilised all the way from being on standby to Bracknell, to a report of black smoke issuing from Brook Crescent in Slough. The other appliance supporting that incident was from Wargrave.
East Berkshire was stripped right down, resilience compromised and attendance times in tatters.