Back-up crews have busy night in Bradford during New Year's Eve firefighters' strike

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Back-up fire crews were kept busy in Bradford Back-up fire crews were kept busy in Bradford

New Year’s Eve was a busy night for back-up fire crews during a six-hour firefighters’ strike.

There were 18 call-outs across West Yorkshire during the walk-out, which included rescuing a casualty from a car crash in Leeds Road, Bradford, and visiting a home in Ravenscliffe where a firework had fallen through a window.

The strike, one of a series taken in an ongoing row over pensions, ran from 6.30pm on New Year’s Eve to 12.30am today.

The fire service manned 24 of its 54 fire engines across West Yorkshire, staffed by those who weren’t striking and specially-recruited ‘community response operatives’ who have been given three weeks’ training.

At 6.28pm, crews were called to a small fire in a lorry’s engine at commercial premises in Grangefield Industrial Estate, Pudsey.

The next calls were at 7.01pm, to a large outdoor rubbish fire in Bowling Back Lane, Bradford, and 7.27pm, to a fire at a play area in Liversedge.

At 7.51pm, the back-up staff quelled a blaze in the open in Manningham, Bradford.

A few minutes later, there was a call-out to Yeadon, Leeds, which turned out to be a false alarm caused by cooking fumes.

One call was not classed as a fire, but as a ‘special service call’. This was in Brighouse, where a leak in a home was affecting the internal electrics.

And at 9.25pm, staff were called to a crash between two cars in Leeds Road, Bradford. One person had to be freed from a vehicle and was taken to hospital.

A fire service spokesman said while none of the incidents were classed as major, the contingency crews “experienced a late flurry of calls in the last hour of the strike”, as the county celebrated the start of the new year.

These included a call-out to Blenheim Road, Manningham, Bradford, which turned out to be a false alarm caused by cooking setting off a fire alarm, and a call-out to Ranelagh Avenue, Ravenscliffe, where a firework had gone through the window of a house. There was no fire by the time crews arrived, but the property had become smoke-logged.

Last night West Yorkshire Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling said: “Fortunately tonight has passed without major incident. However, crews have attended a total of 18 incidents, which is around average for this period.

“We would like to thank the public for taking heed of our advice and staying safe during the period of reduced cover.”

The next strike is anticipated this Friday from 6.30am to 8.30am.

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12:15pm Wed 1 Jan 14

The Hoffster says...

They should be grateful they've got a job.

Some people....
They should be grateful they've got a job. Some people.... The Hoffster

1:25pm Wed 1 Jan 14

cordo2179 says...

fair play to the fire fighters and the NHS staff the lowers paid guys going and there get my support on the strike action...put there lifes on the line for us all year in and year out...hope you all get what you want out this. :)
fair play to the fire fighters and the NHS staff the lowers paid guys going and there get my support on the strike action...put there lifes on the line for us all year in and year out...hope you all get what you want out this. :) cordo2179

1:51pm Wed 1 Jan 14

cockadoodledo says...

Yes they should be lucky they have jobs, how many others can sleep on the job on the night shift? Better be careful !there will be plenty of immigrants ready to step in, the firefighters are not n they are not irreplaceable. Who else apart from MP's & maybe the Police can enjoy such a good pension & retire after only 30 years working?.
Yes they should be lucky they have jobs, how many others can sleep on the job on the night shift? Better be careful !there will be plenty of immigrants ready to step in, the firefighters are not n they are not irreplaceable. Who else apart from MP's & maybe the Police can enjoy such a good pension & retire after only 30 years working?. cockadoodledo

2:13pm Wed 1 Jan 14

bd12red says...

I think they are in danger of losing any support the public may have for them if they continue with these strikes.
I think they are in danger of losing any support the public may have for them if they continue with these strikes. bd12red

10:09pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Bantam999 says...

We've never had much support when it comes to strikes. Unfortunately desperate times call for desperate measures. Strikes are never popular but all I ask is for people to read into why we are doing it before judging.
Much appreciated, happy 2014!
We've never had much support when it comes to strikes. Unfortunately desperate times call for desperate measures. Strikes are never popular but all I ask is for people to read into why we are doing it before judging. Much appreciated, happy 2014! Bantam999

11:01pm Wed 1 Jan 14

johnhem says...

fire chief officer must be a total idiot for saying " we would like to thank the public for staying safe" . what the hell does this comedian think we do the rest of the year, do all the unsafe things we can? with the exception of the car crash all the incidents were minor thank god, so no real expertise was needed.
I would much rather they were taken off active fire fighting duties at 52 but instead of retirement used for all the other jobs they do... school visiting, oap homes advice and smoke alarms, checks on hydrants and factories. leave the fires to younger people, the older ones on the jobs I mentioned could then be called in as support in the cases of large factory fires, where their expertise can be put to good use.
I want the guy that carries me out of a burning building to be fit enough to make it all the way, and there is no shame in stopping that at 50/52 because they would still be firemen, just on lighter duties that leave the others at work/station in case of call outs.
fire chief officer must be a total idiot for saying " we would like to thank the public for staying safe" . what the hell does this comedian think we do the rest of the year, do all the unsafe things we can? with the exception of the car crash all the incidents were minor thank god, so no real expertise was needed. I would much rather they were taken off active fire fighting duties at 52 but instead of retirement used for all the other jobs they do... school visiting, oap homes advice and smoke alarms, checks on hydrants and factories. leave the fires to younger people, the older ones on the jobs I mentioned could then be called in as support in the cases of large factory fires, where their expertise can be put to good use. I want the guy that carries me out of a burning building to be fit enough to make it all the way, and there is no shame in stopping that at 50/52 because they would still be firemen, just on lighter duties that leave the others at work/station in case of call outs. johnhem

1:00am Thu 2 Jan 14

Respect For All says...

Our lives were saved on Monday, when a building behind us went up in flames at 4am. There were 9 appliances, from 3 different stations needed over the 5 hours it took to get the fire under control, we were out of our homes and could only watch from a distance for 3 of those hours. I am so thankful that it wasn't 24 hours later, we might not have been here at all. I can't believe anyone would not support them in their search for better conditions, yet support stupid futile wars in other countries... where is the absolute sense in that?...
Our lives were saved on Monday, when a building behind us went up in flames at 4am. There were 9 appliances, from 3 different stations needed over the 5 hours it took to get the fire under control, we were out of our homes and could only watch from a distance for 3 of those hours. I am so thankful that it wasn't 24 hours later, we might not have been here at all. I can't believe anyone would not support them in their search for better conditions, yet support stupid futile wars in other countries... where is the absolute sense in that?... Respect For All

1:04am Thu 2 Jan 14

Respect For All says...

johnhem wrote:
fire chief officer must be a total idiot for saying " we would like to thank the public for staying safe" . what the hell does this comedian think we do the rest of the year, do all the unsafe things we can? with the exception of the car crash all the incidents were minor thank god, so no real expertise was needed.
I would much rather they were taken off active fire fighting duties at 52 but instead of retirement used for all the other jobs they do... school visiting, oap homes advice and smoke alarms, checks on hydrants and factories. leave the fires to younger people, the older ones on the jobs I mentioned could then be called in as support in the cases of large factory fires, where their expertise can be put to good use.
I want the guy that carries me out of a burning building to be fit enough to make it all the way, and there is no shame in stopping that at 50/52 because they would still be firemen, just on lighter duties that leave the others at work/station in case of call outs.
Well I was thinking it's a shame when fire officers have to thank the public for not being as stupid as they usually are....

And with age, comes experience.. you might want the guy who carries you out to be a young fit firefighter, but I think you'd like there to be an old, wise, experienced head in charge of the breathing apparatus and shouting the orders necessary for those young fit lads to get you out...no?
[quote][p][bold]johnhem[/bold] wrote: fire chief officer must be a total idiot for saying " we would like to thank the public for staying safe" . what the hell does this comedian think we do the rest of the year, do all the unsafe things we can? with the exception of the car crash all the incidents were minor thank god, so no real expertise was needed. I would much rather they were taken off active fire fighting duties at 52 but instead of retirement used for all the other jobs they do... school visiting, oap homes advice and smoke alarms, checks on hydrants and factories. leave the fires to younger people, the older ones on the jobs I mentioned could then be called in as support in the cases of large factory fires, where their expertise can be put to good use. I want the guy that carries me out of a burning building to be fit enough to make it all the way, and there is no shame in stopping that at 50/52 because they would still be firemen, just on lighter duties that leave the others at work/station in case of call outs.[/p][/quote]Well I was thinking it's a shame when fire officers have to thank the public for not being as stupid as they usually are.... And with age, comes experience.. you might want the guy who carries you out to be a young fit firefighter, but I think you'd like there to be an old, wise, experienced head in charge of the breathing apparatus and shouting the orders necessary for those young fit lads to get you out...no? Respect For All

11:14pm Thu 2 Jan 14

johnhem says...

Respect For All wrote:
johnhem wrote:
fire chief officer must be a total idiot for saying " we would like to thank the public for staying safe" . what the hell does this comedian think we do the rest of the year, do all the unsafe things we can? with the exception of the car crash all the incidents were minor thank god, so no real expertise was needed.
I would much rather they were taken off active fire fighting duties at 52 but instead of retirement used for all the other jobs they do... school visiting, oap homes advice and smoke alarms, checks on hydrants and factories. leave the fires to younger people, the older ones on the jobs I mentioned could then be called in as support in the cases of large factory fires, where their expertise can be put to good use.
I want the guy that carries me out of a burning building to be fit enough to make it all the way, and there is no shame in stopping that at 50/52 because they would still be firemen, just on lighter duties that leave the others at work/station in case of call outs.
Well I was thinking it's a shame when fire officers have to thank the public for not being as stupid as they usually are....

And with age, comes experience.. you might want the guy who carries you out to be a young fit firefighter, but I think you'd like there to be an old, wise, experienced head in charge of the breathing apparatus and shouting the orders necessary for those young fit lads to get you out...no?
yes you are right, but those in charge of breathing apparatus are NOT the ones going into the buildings and of course can be older and wiser, but when they get to 50-52 most would have the years in and have the experience anyway.
the best can be promoted by all means, I don't mean everyone should have to/be able to retire if they don't want to. there would be a job for all, or nearly all, in the service in some form or other, just not active in the risky/heavyweight stuff like rescue from burning buildings. the older ones as I said above can still do the public promotion work, and would be well respected by most people too.
[quote][p][bold]Respect For All[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]johnhem[/bold] wrote: fire chief officer must be a total idiot for saying " we would like to thank the public for staying safe" . what the hell does this comedian think we do the rest of the year, do all the unsafe things we can? with the exception of the car crash all the incidents were minor thank god, so no real expertise was needed. I would much rather they were taken off active fire fighting duties at 52 but instead of retirement used for all the other jobs they do... school visiting, oap homes advice and smoke alarms, checks on hydrants and factories. leave the fires to younger people, the older ones on the jobs I mentioned could then be called in as support in the cases of large factory fires, where their expertise can be put to good use. I want the guy that carries me out of a burning building to be fit enough to make it all the way, and there is no shame in stopping that at 50/52 because they would still be firemen, just on lighter duties that leave the others at work/station in case of call outs.[/p][/quote]Well I was thinking it's a shame when fire officers have to thank the public for not being as stupid as they usually are.... And with age, comes experience.. you might want the guy who carries you out to be a young fit firefighter, but I think you'd like there to be an old, wise, experienced head in charge of the breathing apparatus and shouting the orders necessary for those young fit lads to get you out...no?[/p][/quote]yes you are right, but those in charge of breathing apparatus are NOT the ones going into the buildings and of course can be older and wiser, but when they get to 50-52 most would have the years in and have the experience anyway. the best can be promoted by all means, I don't mean everyone should have to/be able to retire if they don't want to. there would be a job for all, or nearly all, in the service in some form or other, just not active in the risky/heavyweight stuff like rescue from burning buildings. the older ones as I said above can still do the public promotion work, and would be well respected by most people too. johnhem

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