Business as usual across Lincolnshire despite firemen’s strike

Firemen had to free a woman who was trapped in a vehicle after it crashed into a tree in Pointon on Sunday morning.
Firemen had to free a woman who was trapped in a vehicle after it crashed into a tree in Pointon on Sunday morning.
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A car fire in Market Deeping was among seven call-outs for firemen across Lincolnshire during two strikes over a three-day period.

No one was injured in the fire on Friday night when a four-and-a-half hour strike had been called by Fire Brigade Union (FBU) members in a row over pensions.

In total, firemen attended five incidents on Friday and two more during a two-hour strike yesterday morning.

A Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “All the incidents were dealt with in the normal time-frame and to the same high standards as usual.”

It was the third strike by firemen in the last three months after a four-hour stoppage on September 26 when there were six incidents dealt with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.

Dave Ramscar, the county’s chief fire officer, said: “Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue had plans in place to ensure that we continued to provide an emergency response within the county.

“We accept that any planned industrial action in the future will impact on our ability to deliver business as usual, but we are confident that the implementation of our plans will enable us to continue to answer 999 calls and to respond to incidents as quickly as possible.”

The FBU represents about 20 firemen in South Holland and almost 300 across Lincolnshire but future strike dates are yet to be announced.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The threat of firefighters facing the sack without access to a full pension as they get older is only one aspect of our campaign but discussions with the Government could move forward quite easily with simple and achievable pension negotiations.”

Meanwhile, firemen cut free a woman who was trapped in a vehicle which crashed into a tree in Pointon on Sunday morning.

It happened on Mareham Lane where a Dodge Nitro left the road and hit a tree at about 8.20am and firemen from Bourne and Billingborough used hydraulic cutting equipment to take off the roof and free the woman.

She was airlifted to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, but wasn’t seriously injured, while the driver was treated at the scene.