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A FIRE engine on duty at the Royal International Air Tattoo played a pivotal role in bringing a huge blaze near Royal Wootton Bassett under control yesterday.

Smoke from the fire, at recycling firm Swindon Metal Solutions in Littleworth, was visible from the airshow site at RAF Fairford, 19 miles away.

Air Tattoo Senior Fire Officer Barry Scott said: "We received a request from Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service to provide an appliance with a larger pumping capacity than they had, such as an airfield fire truck. We responded with a crew and vehicle and assisted in bringing the fire under control."

He added: "Our truck was in the thick of it, using a big roof-mounted water monitor to tackle the blaze, so that Wiltshire were able to concentrate on supplying the machine with water."

The alarm was raised at 15.03 and eight crews, plus an aerial appliance, were called out. The Air Tattoo team offered their help and were asked to assist at 16.42, remaining at the scene until the blaze was under control, and getting back to the Base at 22.15.

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service Station Manager Dave Geddes was officer in charge at the scrapyard fire. He said: "This was a fire that was extremely challenging to contain, so to have an additional water bowser and foam from the crash tender meant that we were able to bring things under control much more quickly than might otherwise have been the case. We are very grateful to the airshow's Defence Fire Risk Management Organisation for supporting us at this incident, especially when there is so much else going on with preparations for the Royal International Air Tattoo."

An Air Tattoo spokesman said: "We were delighted to be able to offer help and to play a role in bringing this major incident under control. This is an excellent example of the expertise and teamwork that our volunteers bring, not only to the Air Tattoo but also to the area at large."

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