Eight callouts during strike

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A caravan fire in Deeping St James was one of eight incidents dealt with by Lincolnshire firemen during the latest strike over pensions.

Paramedics treated a man who inhaled smoke during the fire which was the most serious of the callouts dealt with by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue (LFR) during the strike between 10am and 2pm yesterday.

Firemen also assisted paramedics in Holbeach, Long Sutton, Market Deeping and Bourne, part of a new resource-sharing arrangement between the county’s fire service and East Midlands Ambulance Service.

Yesterday’s strike was the fourth within the last two months as part of a dispute between the Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) and the Government over its plans to extend the retirement age for firemen from 55 to 60.

The FBU claims firemen risk losing their pensions should the plans go through as firemen unable to work beyond their 55th birthday could be sacked if they fail a fitness test.

More than 400 firemen in Lincolnshire are members of the FBU, including about 20 in South Holland and an LFR spokesman confirmed that Spalding Fire Station was among those in the county affected by the strike.

The spokesman said: “Members of the FBU took industrial action from 10am till 2pm on Wednesday when wholetime stations in Grantham, Lincoln, Boston, Gainsborough and Spalding were affected and non-striking crews provided cover for these areas.

“Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue implemented its business continuity plan to ensure it provided appropriate fire cover for Lincolnshire and there were appropriate resources in place to enable is to respond to emergency calls within the communities of the county.

“During the period of industrial action, the service responded to a total of eight incidents and we would like to thank everybody for following our fire safety tips during the period of industrial action.”