The gravity of fire at night was demonstrated by a fatal house fire in Wolf Lane, Windsor on 25 July 2011. At 00-30 hours the Windsor crew was called to the incident and a 38 year old woman was pulled out from the fire. Minutes later the Slough crews also attended, but unfortunately the woman died due to the effects of the fire.
( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14275520 )
This follows another serious house fire in Wolf Lane on 03 June 2011 at 00-29 hours. Four people were rendered homeless as fire gutted their property. This was caused by a television catching fire and the whole of the property was engulfed wthin minutes – the residents evacuated via doors and windows.
Fires at night are particularly dangerous: They remain undetected for longer as the occupants slumber and are therefore more intense. A fire within a home can develop into a lethal scenario in less than 3 minutes.
You also have to add on from detection the time it takes to notify the emergency operator. Then that operator has to mobilise the necessary resources.
As you will be aware, the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service aim to CLOSE Windsor fire station at NIGHT from 01 October 2011? The fallible strategy is to deploy firefighters from Slough fire station. However, Slough is a busy station and has a large station area – so they may NOT be available to cover Windsor. Furthermore, there will be extended travel distances and time will equate to loss of life, injury and damage to property.
We would ask that the Royal Berkshire Fire Authority reconsider the proposal to close Windsor fire station?