Cambs: Firefighters Back To Work After Strike

After a walk-out last night between 6.30pm and 11pm, fire crews in Cambridgeshire are back at work this morning.

During the strike action crews were sent out to five incidents - including two vehicles on fire after a crash on the westbound A14 near Girton.

The national strike - which is a row over pay and conditions - is back again on Monday from 6am for two hours.

The 999 calls attended were as follows:

• At 7.15pm we were called to reports of a road traffic collision on the westbound A14 between the junction for Girton and Dry Drayton. Three crews attended the incident and upon their arrival discovered a van and a car on fire, following a road traffic collision. Firefighters used breathing apparatus and hose reels to extinguish the fire by 7.30pm.
• At 7.45pm we were called to an automatic fire alarm sounding at Whitlocks, in High Street, Trumpington. One crew attended. This was a false alarm.
• At 7.45pm we were called to a fire in the open in Thongsley, Huntingdon. One crew attended and extinguished a fire involving rubbish with a hose reel by 8pm. The cause of the fire is believed to be deliberate. 
• At 8.15pm we were called to a road traffic collision involving two lorries on the A14 westbound between Swavesey and Fen Drayton. One casualty was out of the vehicle on our arrival and being treated by the ambulance service. No fire service assistance was needed. We left the scene at 8.40pm. 
• At 9.55pm we were called to a fire in the open in Aaron Road Industrial Estate, Station Road, Whittlesey. This was a situation of controlled burning and therefore a false alarm. Firefighters left the scene at 10.20pm.

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' message."
 

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