Warley crash main incident during firefighters’ strike

Accident at Warley Road, Halifax.

Accident at Warley Road, Halifax.

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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has experienced a fairly quiet period overnight during their four day strike.

In total the WYFRS received 74 calls and attended 30 incidents (three relating to bonfires) between 6pm yesterday (Sunday) and 9am this monring (Monday).

Some calls were duplicates and some were of a minor nature where advice could be given. No emergencies went unattended.

However, crews have attended one serious road traffic collision (RTC) this morning in Warley Road, Halifax.

We were called to the RTC, involving a van, at 07.24am.

Two male back seat passengers got out of the vehicle themselves and could be described as walking wounded.

The driver and the front seat passenger, who was believed to have chest injuries, were both extricated from the vehicle by the fire service.

All four casualties were male. The road was closed and access to Warley Primary school was restricted.

The fire service sent three engines to the incident and around 10 personnel on the scene were non-striking fully qualified firefighters.

The rest were Community Response Operatives.

The current Fire Brigades Union industrial action is due to continue until 6pm tomorrow (November 4).

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said: “We have not encountered any particular problems with bonfires over the weekend just gone but we are mindful that we are now very much in the bonfire season.

“Please do take extra care if you are planning a bonfire as we do have reduced fire cover available. Our priority is protecting life and property, so please don’t let your bonfire be a reason for the fire service to be called out.”

This is the 47th period of strike action taken by the Fire Brigades Union since September last year.

The decision for strike action relates to an on-going trade dispute between the 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.