Stand-by crews called out to 13 incidents during this morning’s strike

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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service attended 13 incidents during today’s industrial action taken by the Fire Brigades Union.

Firefighters walked out between 6 am and 8 am - on average during the same time frame crews attend three incidents but the icy road conditions caused a spike in callouts.

WYFRS provided strike cover with 30 fire engines against the normal complement of 54.

Incidents included releasing a woman driver from a Fiat 500 which ended up in a field in Queensbury.

Dave Walton, Assistant Chief Officer, said: “This morning has been exceptionally busy in comparison to other similar periods.

“Our contingency crews have dealt with all incidents effectively and professionally.”

Today’s action was the third strike taken by members of the FBU.

The dispute between the Fire Brigades Union and the Government is over public sector pension reform programme.

Fire Brigades Union general secretary, Matt Wrack, said: “The next step forward for pension negotiations is simple and achievable.

“If the government is serious about firefighters being protected from being sacked without access to their pensions as it claims to be, why won’t it draft the pension regulations accordingly?

“We have even made it easy for them by providing the necessary wording following legal advice.

“The threat of firefighters facing the sack without access to a full pension as they get older is only one aspect of our campaign, but discussions could move forward quite easily with this simple step.”