Fire strike nights quiet across county

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People across South Holland and The Deepings made sure the latest firemen’s strikes passed with only one incident in the area.

A fire alarm going off in Spalding was the only callout in the area during two four-hour strikes from 6pm until 10pm on Friday and Saturday.

In total, there were eight incidents across the two days, including two vehicle fires, house and chimney fires and a suspected gas leak.

At least 400 members of the Fire Brigades Union in Lincolnshire, including about 20 in South Holland, were able to strike over pension changes planned by the Government after a union ballot last month.

The latest strikes brought the total number since September to six, with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue able to maintain an emergency response service on each occasion.

A Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “We implemented our business continuity plan to ensure we provided appropriate fire cover for Lincolnshire and there were appropriate resources in place to enable us to respond to emergency calls within the communities of the county.”

Before the strike, the county’s chief fire officer Dave Ramscar said: “The effects of any industrial action will be felt by us here as it is our firefighters who will be taking part.”