Thursday, 13 December 2018

Fire stations cover trial extended until April

HENLEY and Wargrave fire stations are to continue sharing resources for a further three months.

On September 25, a three-month trial was launched in which Wargrave’s crews covered Henley on alternate weekends and vice-versa.

Now Oxfordshire and Berkshire’s fire services say they are extending the arrangement and are considering making it permanent.

The trial was launched because both stations are short-staffed and firefighters often have to work weekends to fill gaps in the service.

As a result they are quitting, on average, after five years when fire chiefs want them to stay longer.

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