10:14 Wednesday 01 January 2014

Firefighters called to six incidents in Cambridgeshire during New Year's Eve FBU strike

Written byLIZZY BUCHAN

A fire at a service station and a blazing tree were among six incidents attended in Cambridgeshire during last night’s fire strike (December 31).

Members took part in the eighth national Fire Brigades Union (FBU) strike on New Year’s Eve from 6.30pm to 12.30am due to an ongoing row over pensions.

During this time fire engines were crewed by on-call firefighters, operational managers and senior staff from across the service.

Firefighters were called at 8.17pm to douse a fire in an electrical junction box at the Thousand Guineas Service station on the A14 eastbound near Newmarket.

And at 12.28am crews were called to a tree fire on Church Road in Stapleford.

There were also three incidents in the Peterborough area and a false alarm at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Graham Stagg, Chief Fire Officer at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Although our crewing levels were significantly impacted, we were able to use our own operationally trained managers and on-call firefighters to crew fire engines during the strike period.

“Whilst our day-to-day services were severely disrupted by the strike, the commitment of our on-call, support and operational managers ensured we were able to fulfil our legal duty to provide a fire and rescue service.

“Our thanks goes out to the community for taking extra care this evening and putting safety at the forefront of their minds.

“We would also like to thank the family and friends of the staff crewing appliances for the sacrifices they have made over the holiday period to ensure the ongoing safety of the residents of Cambridgeshire.”

For more information and further safety advice go to www.cambsfire.gov.uk.

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