Firefighters’ strike passes quietly in Calderdale

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There were no incidents across the district during last night’s(Fri) firefighters’ strike between 6 pm and 10 pm.

In what was the fifth strike in a dispute over pensions - and firefighters will walk out again tonight from 6 pm to 10 pm.

The West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said last night was a moderately busy evening.

Crews attended 15 incidents - eight in Bradford, six in Leeds, one in Kirklees and none in Calderdale and Wakefield.

That number of incidents is around average for a Friday night shortly before Christmas.

Assistant Chief Officer Dave Walton said: “We started off with a relatively quiet evening although we had a late flurry of calls in the last hour of strike action with almost half of our calls coming within that time.

“Luckily, we experienced quite a mild evening which means we were not battling against icy weather conditions on the roads which can cause a rise in incidents at this time of year.”

Last night’s incidents included several false alarms and a road traffic collision at Undercliffe Street, Bradford, which resulted in three casualties, and another at King Lane, Moortown, Leeds, with one casualty.

There were 28 fire engines providing contingency cover across West Yorkshire. The usual fleet is 54.

They were manned by non-striking staff and Community Response Operatives.