Cambs Fire attends 24 999 calls in 24 hours despite Fire Brigades Union strike

10:16 13 June 2014

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Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service’s resilience cover was on duty as members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) went on strike for 24 hours yesterday,

Fire engines in Cambridgeshire crewed by on-call firefighters, operational managers and senior staff from across the service dealt with 24 999 calls between 9am yesterday and this morning.

These included an out of control bonfire in March and a housefire in Littleport.

Another strike will take place on Saturday, June 21, from 10am until 5pm.

Chief Fire Officer Graham Stagg said: “This was the longest strike called by the FBU in this latest period of industrial action but our resilience arrangements to provide fire cover to the communities of Cambridgeshire held up despite a number of 999 calls.

“Unfortunately we did encounter a number of 999 calls to outdoor fires which could have been prevented, and therefore ahead of the next strike on Saturday, June 21, we would urge residents to really bring fire safety to the forefront of their minds.

“Our firefighters took a difficult decision to participate in the industrial action. They showed great professionalism when handing over the fire engines to resilience crews to allow them to provide a service to the community during the strike.”

For more information on the strike and further safety advice, log onto www.cambsfire.gov.uk or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Details of the 24 calls:

• At 9.41am we were called to reports of two children locked inside a property. One crew attended and gained entry by 9.56am.

• At 9.46am we were called to an automatic fire alarm at sheltered accommodation in North Bretton. One crew was mobilised but then stood down as it was confirmed as a false alarm.

• At 10.42am we were called to an automatic fire alarm at sheltered accommodation in St Vincents Close, Girton. One crew was mobilised but then stood down as it was confirmed as a false alarm.

• At 10.52am we were called to a person trapped inside a toilet in Foxcovert Road, Werrington. One crew attended and extricated one adult from a toilet by 11.20am.

• At 11.18am we were called to an automatic fire alarm at Gretton School, Manor Farm Road, in Girton. One crew was mobilised then stood down as it was a confirmed false alarm.

• At 1.16pm we were called at an automatic fire alarm at sheltered accommodation in Camping Close, Haddenham. One crew attended – this was a false alarm.

• At 5.20pm we were called to a house fire in Washington Close, Littleport. Two crews attended and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel to extinguish it by 5.51pm.

• At 5.31pm we were called to a stack fire in Belle Vue, Stanground. One crew attended – it was a false alarm, controlled burn.

• At 6.18pm we were called to an automatic fire alarm at a care home in St Neots Road, Eaton Ford. One crew attended. This was a false alarm.

• At 6.19pm we were called to an allotment fire in Kingsley Way, Cambridge. One crew attended – this was a false alarm, controlled burning.

• At 6.42pm we were called to an automatic fire alarm in Millcroft Court, Cambridge. One crew attended. This was a false alarm, good intent – cooking.

• At 7.38pm we were called to a road traffic collision on the roundabout on the A603 at Barton. Two crews attended and firefighters used specialist equipment to rescue one male casualty by 7.59pm.

• At 9.04pm we were called to a fire in the open in Badgeney Road, March. One crew attended and extinguished a bonfire that was out of control using hose reels by 9.22pm.

• At 9.29pm we were called to a fire in the open in Scotland Road, Chesterton. One crew attended and extinguished the fire using hose reels by 9.46pm.

• At 9.51pm we were called to a bin fire on Jesus Green, Cambridge. One crew attended – no action by firefighters, out on arrival.

• At 10.40pm we were called to an automatic fire alarm at a care centre on Thorpe Road in Peterborough. One crew attended and this was a false alarm.

• At 11.27pm we were called to a fire in the open In Gladstone Street, Peterborough. One crew attended and extinguished the fire using a hose reel by 12.05am.

• At 12.58am we were called to an automatic fire alarm In Church Lane, Papworth Everard. One crew attended and this was a false alarm.

• At 2.07am we were called to an automatic fire alarm In Church Lane, Papworth Everard. One crew attended and this was a false alarm.

• At 3.08am we were called to a fire in the open In Bretton Gate, Bretton, Peterborough. One crew attended and wearing breathing apparatus they extinguished the fire using a hose reel by 3.55am.

• At 6.30am we were called to an automatic fire alarm at Bellbird Primary School In Link Road, Sawston. One crew attended and this was a false alarm.

• At 7.58am we were called to a car fire In Little End Road, St Neots. One crew attended – no action by firefighters, out on arrival.

• At 8.09am we were called to an automatic fire alarm at sheltered accommodation In Coneygree Road, Stanground, Peterborough. One crew attended and this was a false alarm.

• At 8.45am we were called to a fire in the open In Kirkstall, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough. One crew attended and extinguished the fire by 9.04am.

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