Second of the weekend’s firefighters’ strikes ends without major incident

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Last night stand-by crews were called to just seven incidents during the strike from 6 pm to 10 pm and none were in Calderdale.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) praised the public for staying vigilant during what could have been a potentially very busy Saturday night close to Christmas.

They were three call outs in Keighley, two in Bradford and one in Leeds and Huddersfield.

The most serious was a car crash at Heaton Road, Bradford, involving two cars and the rescue of two casualties.

Assistant Chief Officer Steve Rhodes said: “We would like to thank the public for taking heed of our safety messages and looking after themselves and each other during this on-going industrial action.

“Christmas time brings with it added fire hazards such as electrical risks associated with decorative lights and the dangers that come with lighting candles in the home. However, people have been careful to reduce the risks by taking that extra bit of care.”

During the same time-frame on similar nights for the last two years there were between 12 and 14 incidents.

There were 27 fire engines providing contingency cover last night across West Yorkshire. The usual fleet is 54.

Cover was provided by those not striking as well as Community Response Operatives.

Last night’s was the sixth period of strike action taken by members of the Fire Brigades Union this year in a dispute over pensions.

The previous strike was on Friday evening also between 6 pm and 10 pm.