Fire service copes with strike action

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Contingency crews across Nottinghamshire continued to respond to 999 emergency calls during a 24-hour strike by members of the Fire Brigades Union.

The strike began at 9am on Tuesday and concluded at 9am on Wednesday and saw Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Fire Control deal with 57 calls, although none were from the Hucknall area.

Of the 57 calls, contingency crews responded to 16 incidents from a number of strategic locations across the county.

They included road traffic collisions, some small fires, false alarms and the rescue of a man from the River Trent.

Chief Fire Officer John Buckley told the Dispatch: “While we, as a service, have coped well with the operational demands placed upon us, the impact of another 24 hours without our regular crews has certainly been felt.”