Firefighters walked out for four hours on Friday evening as part of a national protest on pensions and an increased working age for front line firefighters. The FBU point out that if firefighters fail an annual medical, not only would they lose their job, but they could also lose their full pension entitlement. During the protest, two road traffic collisions, and a fire in the open, were among five incidents attended in Cambridgeshire during the strike action.
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed five 999 calls between 6.30pm and 11pm, during the period Fire Brigade Union (FBU) members were taking industrial action.
At 7.15pm, three crews attended a road traffic collision on the A14 westbound carriageway near the junction for Girton and Dry Drayton. A van and a car were on fire following the collision. Nobody reported injured.
At 7.45pm, a crew was called to an automatic fire alarm at Whitlocks, in High Street, Trumpington, which turned out to be a false alarm.
Also at 7.45pm, a fire in the open was reported at Thongsley, Huntingdon. One crew attended and extinguished a fire with one hose reel. The cause of the fire is believed to be deliberate.
At 8.15pm, firefighters were called to a road traffic collision involving two lorries, A14 westbound between Swavesey and Fen Drayton. One casualty was already out of the vehicle when crews arrived, being treated by the ambulance service.
At 9.55pm, a fire in the open in Aaron Road Industrial Estate, Station Road, Whittlesey. However, this was a case of controlled burning, and therefore a false alarm.
Chris Strickland, deputy chief fire officer at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Whilst the service was significantly impacted by the industrial action, all 999 calls received were given a full attendance using our own fire engines and personnel.
“We would like to thank members of the public for putting safety at the forefront of their minds this evening and taking on board our ‘Be Safer…Be Slower…Be Vigilant’.”
For further information visit: www.cambsfire.gov.uk.
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