From flooding to crashes, firefighters across Cambridgeshire have been kept busy while residents enjoyed Christmas Day.  

Fire engines, crewed by wholetime watches as well as on-call firefighters, were called away from spending time with their families to attend emergency calls. 

On December 25, on-call firefighters from Littleport were alerted three times during the day to different emergency calls. 

The crew travelled to Soham to assist with a fire involving a gas boiler in a house, as well as an automatic fire alarm and a carbon monoxide alarm in Ely. 

In March, firefighters were called to a male casualty in cardiac arrest at around 1pm. 

Crews carried out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to revive the casualty, who was taken to hospital by an ambulance. 

This followed firefighters being called out at 3am to help a person that had fallen into water in March town centre, plus attending a house fire that turned out to be a malicious false alarm. 

At Huntingdon Fire Station, duty watches were called to assist ambulance staff to rescue a male in the town at around 5.30pm. 

They later rescued another person from the first floor of a house in St Ives on Boxing Day morning. 

Wholetime crews in Peterborough were also kept busy with crews during Christmas Day.   

Firefighters from Stanground were needed at a house fire started in an airing cupboard in Whittlesey at around midday, before moving on to help with a flooded house in the evening affecting electrics in Orton Goldhay.   

Dogsthorpe night duty was called out twice in only a few hours of their shift starting to automatic fire alarms involving unattended cooking.   

Area Commander Simon Newton said: "Our crews have done a fantastic job over Christmas being there for residents when they’ve needed help.   

“While people have been enjoying the festivities and spending time with their families, our firefighters control staff have responded to several emergencies.” 

Mr Newton added: “I would like to say a special thank you to the families of our on-call colleagues who have allowed their loved ones to be available to respond to emergencies over the festive period."