Firefighter strike passes with no major incident

The latest 24-hour Fire Brigades Union firefighter strike has come to an end without major incident across West Yorkshire.

Whilst contingency crews have dealt with a steady stream and varied range of incidents, fortunately none have been life-threatening. During the complete 24-hour strike we have attended 70 incidents in total. For comparison, during the same 24-hour period last year firefighters attended 48 incidents. No emergencies went unattended.

Around half our usual fleet of fire engines have been available, with between 24 and 27 engines (depending on time of day) spread strategically across the county to provide the best fire cover. These have been crewed by fully qualified non-striking firefighters and Community Response Operatives who have been specially recruited for the purpose.

To see a round-up of incidents during the first 10 hours of strike (between 07:00 hrs and 17:00 hrs yesterday) click here.  

Incidents of note between 1700 hrs and midnight on February 25:

18:06 hrs farm in Danny Lane, Luddendenfoot, chimney fire.

18:11 hrs Upper Lane, Northowram, Halifax, chimney fire.

18:16 hrs Stanningley Bypass, Stanningley, Pudsey, small vehicle fire, creating long tailbacks.

18:35 hrs The Shutt, Horbury, Wakefield, cooking fumes.

18:48 hrs Napier Road, Bradford, overheated pan.

19:08 hrs Otley Road, Bradford, high-rise flat fire involving bedding. Elderly occupant suffered smoke inhalation. Fire caused by candle.

19:27 hrs Hanging Heaton area of Batley, crews assisted the ambulance service with bariatric patient.

19:53 hrs Crown Point Road, Hunslet, Leeds, crews assisted police.

20:05 hrs Moorthorpe Empire Working Mens Club, Barnsley Road, South Elmsall, fire in open.

20:11 hrs Wellington Road, Holbeck, crews assisted police.

20:33 hrs May Street, Crosland Moor, Huddersfield, vehicle on fire.

20:37hrs Cemetery at Cross Green, Otley, dog in hole underground. Left in hands of RSPCA with further follow-up support offered. 

23:04 hrs York Road, Leeds, billboard on fire.

23:19 hrs Gelderd Road, Leeds, car fire.

Incidents of note today (February 26):

01:17 hrs Abbey Road, Shepley, van fire.

01:48 hrs Rutland Avenue, Portobello, Wakefield, car fire.

04:31 hrs Grantham Road, Bradford, advertising trailer on fire. 

In addition to the above we have attended 14 automatic fire alarms and eight further fires in the open.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said: “We are relieved that the 24-hour strike period has passed without major incident and I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in delivering our contingency plan which kept West Yorkshire safe whilst FBU members were on strike.

“The 24-hours have seen a wide range of incidents attended, a large number of which were either false alarms or minor fires.

“West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will now return to business as usual whilst we wait to see what the next stage of this long running and damaging dispute brings.”