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14 August 2015
The Fire Brigades Union has attributed a delayed response of up to 20 minutes to a fire incident in Wales on ‘devastating’ cuts to the service.
The blaze, which broke out at a chip shop in Llangefni earlier this week, left the shop gutted and smoke affected nearby businesses on the street.
The FBU has raised concerns about the incident due to the fact that there was a fire engine stationed at an unmanned fire station in the town, close to the scene.
Shane Price, FBU brigade secretary for North Wales, said: “This incident shows what can happen when adequate numbers of firefighters are not available at all times.
“The service is very reliant on on-call firefighters, who do a great job but who can’t respond as quickly as they would if they were based at a station.”