Strike passes without problems

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A seventh national FBU firefighters’ strike has passed with just three emergency 999 calls thanks to the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough heeding the ‘Be Safer…Be Slower…Be Vigilant’ message.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) went on strike between 7pm and 12 midnight Christmas Eve, during which time fire engines were crewed by operational officers (from watch commander up to the chief fire officer), senior staff and on-call firefighters. There were two incidents and one automatic fire alarm (which was a false alarm) during tonight’s strike. The incidents were:

- 7.02pm, out of control bonfire, A47 at Thorney Toll. One crew attended and had extinguished the fire by 7.40pm.

- 10.12pm, stable fire, Guntons Road, Newborough. One crew attended and extinguished the fire using one hose reel. A horse box was also involved. No significant damage. Stop message came in at 10.35pm.

Chief Fire Officer Graham Stagg said: “I am very pleased that the Christmas Eve strike has passed with very few 999 calls. I would like to thank the public for taking extra care and I would also like to thank our members of staff who changed their family plans at short notice to come in and crew the fire engines, as well as our on-call firefighters who were available should we have needed them.”