Fire service inundated after storm chaos

Fire service inundated after storm chaos

Fire service inundated after storm chaos

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FIREFIGHTERS in Bucks had a hectic night after being called out over 70 times as strong winds brought down trees and scattered debris across the county.

The M40 has been badly hit, with a fallen tree closing a section northbound near junction 6.

Two lanes are also closed northbound between junction 4 for Handy Cross and junction 5 at Stokenchurch.

Yesterday evening, crews were called to Stokenchurch to remove a stable block roof that was in danger of blowing onto to the motorway.

Trees were brought down by the storm across the area, including one blocking the A40 in Beaconsfield at around midnight and another on Mill Road, Chalfont St Giles.

Homes were hit too, with crews attending a incident in Hedgerley Lane, Beaconsfield, where the branch of a fallen tree had come through the ceiling when it fell on a house.

A tree fell through a conservatory ceiling in Amersham and there was damage caused to a roof in Hillside Road, Marlow.

And several reports of precariously hanging cladding and masonry were received from across the county.

The damage comes as the latest storm in a relentless period of bad weather brought winds of up to 80mph across the south east.

Bucks Fire and Rescue, which is already dealing with a round-the-clock flooding operation in Marlow, is expected to be kept busy this morning as people wake up to damage caused by the storm.

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1:21pm Sat 15 Feb 14

tigeran says...

I suppose we should be glad they are not striking! I would have thought the unions would have jumped on a chance like this to cause maximum chaos, they normally do!
I suppose we should be glad they are not striking! I would have thought the unions would have jumped on a chance like this to cause maximum chaos, they normally do! tigeran
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2:27pm Sat 15 Feb 14

navy says...

There is no statutory duty for the Fire Servce to attend flooding incidents and the Government do not give them any funding for the help they are providing to everyone at this difficult time. Contrary to David Cameron's "money no object" and "we are a rich country" comment the Fire Service will have to use their already year on year reduced budget to pay for the hundreds of calls and ongoing incidents they are attending. They do this because they are trained to react to any emergency and will never give up no matter what the danger or how slim the chance of success.
Until recently they were the only organisation in this country that would turn up in a couple of minutes when you asked them, however due to constant budget cuts most Fire Brigades have been forced to introduce call handling whereby there is no guarantee they will attend. It was typical of all the politicians that they took the opportunity to have their photos taken with the Fire-fighters; Brandon Lewis is the Government Minister responsible for trying to force the Fire-fighters out of their pension scheme by increasing thier contrbutions to over 15% and giving no assurance they will get the pension if at the age of 60 they fail a fitness test designed for a 20 year old.
I was a fireman for 30 years and I am proud of the job I did and the people I worked with and it saddens me that rather than support the men and women that one day may come to your assistance, you chose to condemn them for standing up to a government that gave themselves a masive pay rise and only turn up to an incident when the Fire-fighters have made it safe.
There is no statutory duty for the Fire Servce to attend flooding incidents and the Government do not give them any funding for the help they are providing to everyone at this difficult time. Contrary to David Cameron's "money no object" and "we are a rich country" comment the Fire Service will have to use their already year on year reduced budget to pay for the hundreds of calls and ongoing incidents they are attending. They do this because they are trained to react to any emergency and will never give up no matter what the danger or how slim the chance of success. Until recently they were the only organisation in this country that would turn up in a couple of minutes when you asked them, however due to constant budget cuts most Fire Brigades have been forced to introduce call handling whereby there is no guarantee they will attend. It was typical of all the politicians that they took the opportunity to have their photos taken with the Fire-fighters; Brandon Lewis is the Government Minister responsible for trying to force the Fire-fighters out of their pension scheme by increasing thier contrbutions to over 15% and giving no assurance they will get the pension if at the age of 60 they fail a fitness test designed for a 20 year old. I was a fireman for 30 years and I am proud of the job I did and the people I worked with and it saddens me that rather than support the men and women that one day may come to your assistance, you chose to condemn them for standing up to a government that gave themselves a masive pay rise and only turn up to an incident when the Fire-fighters have made it safe. navy
  • Score: 17

3:48pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Edgar Brooks says...

tigeran wrote:
I suppose we should be glad they are not striking! I would have thought the unions would have jumped on a chance like this to cause maximum chaos, they normally do!
Liar
[quote][p][bold]tigeran[/bold] wrote: I suppose we should be glad they are not striking! I would have thought the unions would have jumped on a chance like this to cause maximum chaos, they normally do![/p][/quote]Liar Edgar Brooks
  • Score: 0

6:01pm Sat 15 Feb 14

demoness the second says...

tigeran wrote:
I suppose we should be glad they are not striking! I would have thought the unions would have jumped on a chance like this to cause maximum chaos, they normally do!
Tigeran...

BE NICE!!!!!! :)
[quote][p][bold]tigeran[/bold] wrote: I suppose we should be glad they are not striking! I would have thought the unions would have jumped on a chance like this to cause maximum chaos, they normally do![/p][/quote]Tigeran... BE NICE!!!!!! :) demoness the second
  • Score: 4

9:23am Sun 16 Feb 14

Edgar Brooks says...

demoness the second wrote:
tigeran wrote:
I suppose we should be glad they are not striking! I would have thought the unions would have jumped on a chance like this to cause maximum chaos, they normally do!
Tigeran...

BE NICE!!!!!! :)
Don't ask the impossible; if he entered for the human race, he'd be disqualified.
[quote][p][bold]demoness the second[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tigeran[/bold] wrote: I suppose we should be glad they are not striking! I would have thought the unions would have jumped on a chance like this to cause maximum chaos, they normally do![/p][/quote]Tigeran... BE NICE!!!!!! :)[/p][/quote]Don't ask the impossible; if he entered for the human race, he'd be disqualified. Edgar Brooks
  • Score: 1

8:16pm Sun 16 Feb 14

navy says...

Just heard that a Firefifghter has died at Staines Fire Station
My thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.
Just heard that a Firefifghter has died at Staines Fire Station My thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. navy
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