Fire service says contingency plans worked well

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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said coverage during last night’s strike worked well.

The demand on the service was broadly as expected for this time of year with the Friday before bonfire night passing without major incident.

WYFRS provided strike cover with 28 fire engines between the hours of 1830 and 2300, with those resources placed strategically across the county to provide maximum cover.

The normal complement is 54 fire engines.

During the strike action time-frame stand-in crews attended 19 incidents - the most significant of which was in Calderdale.

That was the chip pan fire at a high rise flat in Sowerby Bridge shortly before 10 pm.

Dave Walton, Assistant Chief Officer said: “Fortunately the night has passed without major incident.

“Our contingency plan meant we were able to deal with all incidents reported to us in an effective manner.

“Bonfires did not cause a major problem so we thank the public for heeding our advice.”

The next Fire Brigades Union strike is due to take place from 6 am to 8 am on Monday.

The dispute between firefighters and the Government is about public sector pension reform programme.