10:31 Friday 03 January 2014

No 999 calls during latest FBU strike in Cambridgeshire

Written byJORDAN DAY

This morning’s (Friday) Fire Brigades Union (FBU) strike passed without any incidents in Cambridgeshire.

Members went on strike between 6.30am and 8.30am due to an ongoing row over pensions.

It is the ninth strike to be staged.

Chris Strickland, deputy chief fire officer at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “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 morning and putting safety at the forefront of their minds.”

The eighth strike was held between 6.30pm and 12.30am on New Year’s Eve.

Incidents which occurred during the New Year’s Eve strike included a fire in an electrical junction box at the Thousand Guineas Service station on the A14 eastbound near Newmarket.

Crews were also called to a tree fire on Church Road in Stapleford and there were three incidents in the Peterborough area and a false alarm at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Visit www.cambsfire.gov.uk for more information.

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