09:38 Friday 13 June 2014

24 emergency calls during firefighters' strike in Cambridgeshire - but chiefs say contingency plans 'held up'

Written byCHRIS HAVERGAL

12/06/14 Fire strike12/06/14 - Firefighters from Cambridgeshire out on strike over pensions. Picture by Keith Jones 12/06/14 Fire strike12/06/14 - Firefighters from Cambridgeshire out on strike over pensions. Picture by Keith Jones

Fire chiefs say their contingency plans “held up” in Cambridgeshire during a 24-hour strike by crews.

Fire engines were staffed by on-call staff and managers from 9am yesterday to 9am today.

During that time, 24 emergency calls were received across the county, including a house fire in Washington Close, Littleport, which happened at about 5.20pm on Thursday, and an arson attack in Scotland Road, Chesterton, at about 9.30pm the same evening.

Shortly before 7.40pm on Thursday, crews were called to a two-car collision on the A603 near Barton, which had left one of the vehicles on its roof, with a man in his 70s trapped inside.

The man, who was not seriously injured, was cut free by firefighters.

Chief fire officer Graham Stagg said: “This was the longest strike called by the FBU in this latest period of industrial action but our resilience arrangements to provide fire cover to the communities of Cambridgeshire held up despite a number of 999 calls.

“Unfortunately we did encounter a number of 999 calls to outdoor fires which could have been prevented, and therefore ahead of the next strike we would urge residents to really bring fire safety to the forefront of their minds.”

The next strike action will take place on Saturday, June 21, running from 10am to 5pm.

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