ITV Wales cameras have been given exclusive access to go behind the scenes with the fire service in one of Wales’ biggest and busiest towns.
‘Fire Station 20’ is the operational name for South Wales Fire and Rescue’s base in Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan. It is also the title of the new three-part series.
Crews in Barry work on shifts covering 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are trained to respond to almost any emergency - and they are ready for anything.
For six months, ITV Wales cameras followed the life of the station and the lives of the firefighters who work there.
They talk revealingly about the vital bonds they build when teamwork can make the difference between life and death.
And they share how they support each other when, despite their best efforts, lives are lost.
“I think people probably have an assumption that we move on from it and almost try to forget about it,” says Firefighter Owen Lewis.
But the reality is very different. “I find here in Barry that we will talk about it almost as soon as the doors on the truck are shut,” he added.
The series takes viewers behind the scenes into a job and life that few outside the service will ever know.
Call-outs range from major incidents, working closely with other emergency services, to rescuing an elderly woman stuck in a lift.
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