West Yorkshire fire strike passes without major incident

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: West Yorkshire fire strike passes without major incident West Yorkshire fire strike passes without major incident

THE district's 14th fire service strike passed off without any major incidents.

During the seven hour walk-out on Saturday there were more than 50 calls made across West Yorkshire between 10am and 5pm - including five automatic fire alarms in Bradford.

At 10.16am a crew was called to a smoke filled kitchen at a house in Church View, Cleckheaton, where a woman in her 20s needed an ambulance and at 3.23pm four industrial wheelie bins were reported to be alight in Stone Street, Bradford.

A crew was called at 3.43pm to a road collision between two cars in Sticker Lane in the city but were not were not needed and at 4.12pm there was a call out to Parkwood Street in Keighley where a fire on an embankment was affecting a nearby train line.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said: “This period of strike action has seen a number of calls across West Yorkshire area. Fortunately none of them were of a particularly serious nature.

“This is the end of the fourteenth period of strike action and whilst no further strike dates have currently been announced, we continue to implore both the Minister and the Fire Brigades Union to find a resolution to this long standing dispute.”

The strike relates to an on-going dispute between the FBU and the government over its public sector pension reform programme.

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