Cambs Fire Service receives 24 calls during 24-hour strike

09:37 13 June 2014

Archant

Firefighters were called to more than 20 incidents during a 24-hour strike which ended this morning (Friday).

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) walked out at 9am yesterday for the first day-long strike in a series of industrial action over changes to pensions.

The first call was received at 9.41am to help two children locked inside a home in Ely. Firefighters were also called to help an adult stuck in a toilet in Werrington.

In Huntingdonshire, fire crews were called to a care home in St Neots Road, Eaton Ford, at 6.18pm but turned out to be a false alarm. Firefighters were back in St Neots at 7.58am today to a car fire in Little End Road but the fire was out by the time a crew arrived.

There were also two false alarms in Church Lane, Papworth Everard, at 12.58am and at 2.07am.

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 on Saturday, June 21, we would urge residents to really bring fire safety to the forefront of their minds.

“Our firefighters took a difficult decision to participate in the industrial action. They showed great professionalism when handing over the fire engines to resilience crews to allow them to provide a service to the community during the strike.”

The next strike takes place on Saturday, June 21, between 10am and 5pm.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hunts Post visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hunts Post staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hunts Post account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 13:25
Councillor Richard West, of Huntingdonshire District Council, fourth from left, with officials from Churchmanor and from contractors Carters, at the Chequers Court shopping development.

Huntingdon’s long-awaited new shopping centre remains on course to be open by early next year, according to developers.

Yesterday, 12:41
Sam Smith with Ben Shepherd

A St Neots mum who is raising money to fund surgery for her son who has cerebral palsy was chosen for the Good Morning Britain Toughmums Challenge.

Yesterday, 09:00
U.S. military personnel from bases in Europe and the United States will be participating in this years Royal International Air Tattoo July 17-19 at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom. U.S. participation in RIAT highlights the strength of the U.S. commitment to the security of NATO, our ever-strong alliance with the UK demonstrates our interoperability with allies and partners from around the world. Various US military aircraft and equipment that are scheduled on display include, but not limited to: F-15C Eagle, KC-135, Stratotanker, A-10 Thunderbolt II, and CV-22 Osprey. The presence of these aircraft and Airmen at the show promotes our strong ties with NATO, Europe and our worldwide partners.

Highways England has issued advice for drivers ahead of The American Air Show at IWM Duxford this weekend.

Yesterday, 16:29
The Norris Museum, in St Ives.

The Norris Museum in St Ives is calling on residents to donate paint supplies for a decorative mural outside the building while renovations get under way.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Local business directory

Cambridgeshire's trusted business finder
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hunts Post e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up