Fire crews swift ac­tion helped save lives

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PRIDE OF BUCKS 2015 -

THE Fire­fight­ers that beat back the ex­plo­sive blaze in Chal­font St Giles have been anony­mously nom­i­nated for the 999 Ser­vices Per­son­nel award.

Six fire en­gines, a wa­ter tank and 35 fire­fight­ers from seven sta­tions tack­led the fe­ro­cious fire and averted po­ten­tial dis­as­ter.

Crews from Be­cons­field and Amer­sham, Slough, High Wy­combe, Rick­mansworth, Ger­rards

999 ser­vices per­son­nel – spon­sored by GE Health­care Cross and Princes Ris­bor­ough raced to the es­tate at Lit­tle Strivers on Wed­nes­day, April 29, af­ter oxy­acety­lene cylin­ders and con­tain­ers in industrial units at Bow­stridge Lane ex­ploded.

Neigh­bours were forced to evac­u­ate and fire­fight­ers had to with­draw for safety rea­sons af­ter it was re­ported gas cy­clin­ders were on site. Sev­eral of the cylin­ders ex­ploded and one of the ex­plo­sions was so vi­o­lent it brought down a power line.

A spokesman from the Buck­ing­hamshire & Mil­ton Keynes Fire & Res­cue Ser­vice said: “We are flat­tered to have been nom­i­nated for this award. Crews made a valiant at­tempt to save prop­erty and re­duce dam­age in the early stages, and swift ac­tion had to be taken to avoid the risk of se­ri­ous in­jury, or worse, to those deal­ing with the in­ci­dent and peo­ple living nearby.”

He added: “How­ever, we mustn’t take all the credit. We would like to thank Thames Val­ley Po­lice for their ex­cel­lent as­sis­tance, and lo­cal res­i­dents for their fan­tas­tic co­op­er­a­tion.”

Em­ployee/busi­ness per­son of the year – spon­sored by B P Collins Em­ployee/busi­ness per­son of the year – spon­sored by B P Collins

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