Firefighter strike comes to close with no major incidents across West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has experienced no major incidents during the 24 hrs national firefighter strike.

As the strike came to a close at 0900 hrs today we had mobilised to 50 incidents in total since the same time yesterday. No incidents that would usually require an attendance went unattended.

In total 29 of the 50 incidents were Automatic Fire Alarms, in both domestic and commercial premises, and many of these were false alarms, having been triggered by anything from cooking fumes to paint or car fumes and even steam from a shower.  

A full round-up of the incidents attended between 0900 and 1700 hrs yesterday (Tuesday, Dec 9) can be found on our website here.

Incidents of note between 1700 hrs yesterday and 0900 hrs today:

19:31 hrs Millshaw Rd, Beeston. JCB in compound on fire.

19:47 hrs Westbury St, Elland. Road traffic collision involving three vehicles. One female casualty trapped and released by fire service crews.

20.30 hrs Huntswick Drive, Featherstone, fire involving settee in living room of domestic flat. The occupier, a man in his 30s, was outside on our arrival. Fire crews extinguished the fire and gave the man oxygen before he was taken to hospital as a precaution.  The cause of fire believed to be accidental.

21:13 hrs Farm on Fishbeck Lane, Silsden. Fire involving barn, 15 metres by 15 metres. The fire was close to other farm buildings and fire crews prevented the fire spreading. No people or animals were involved. Five engines attended. 

22:52 hrs Compound on Whitehall Road, Cleckheaton, private company owned road sweeper on fire. The driver/owner was injured whilst trying to fight the fire himself. Fire crews attended and extinguished the blaze and gave the man first aid. Ambulance crews attended and treated him.  

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Steve Beckley said: “We had anticipated that the forecast high winds might have caused us some problems, however, this turned out not to be the case.

“Whilst there have been no major incidents, there has been a number of fire calls overnight which contingency crews have dealt with effectively.”

Contingency crews are made up of non-striking fully qualified firefighters and Community Response Operatives (CROs).

CROs have been specially recruited to provide support during industrial action and undergo three weeks’ intensive training in fire and rescue response. They are only deployed under the supervision of a senior officer.

The decision for strike action relates to an on-going dispute between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and the Government over its public sector pension reform programme. In particular current proposals to introduce a new Firefighters’ Pension Scheme from April 2015 to replace the two current pension schemes that most operational personnel are members of.

The strike, which represents the 48th period of industrial action since the dispute began in September 2013, is being followed by an indefinite period of industrial action short of a strike (ASOS).

This commenced at 0900 hrs today (December 10) until further notice.

Action short of strike is where employees can refuse to undertake certain parts of their role short of a full strike action.

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