Strike crews tackle Dewsbury fire

Issue 640

A MALICIOUS bin blaze in Dewsbury was one of the incidents dealt with during last Saturday’s strike by firefighters.

The incident on Longcauseway happened at around 1pm and was handled by

contingency crews.

Firefighters across the county took industrial action for seven hours in a row with the government over pension changes.

Other incidents included a chip fire in a basement flat fire on Bar Street, Batley, at around 12noon.

Two people inside got out before crews arrived and received medical treatment at the scene but did not need hospital.

A smoke-filled kitchen on Church View, Cleckheaton, and a grass fire on Walkley Lane, Heckmondwike, which was a false alarm, were also handled.

In total there were 27 incidents, the most serious being a collision between a bus and a car on Liley Lane, Grange Moor at around 2.30pm.

There were 24 fire engines available across the county during the strike, which was the 14th such stoppage in the current dispute.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said: “Fortunately none of the calls we received were of a particularly serious nature.

“While no further strike dates have been announced, we continue to implore the Government and the Fire Brigades Union to find a resolution.”

• Meanwhile, Kirklees Council has backed road changes in Batley Carr for the area’s new fire station.

Moves include double yellow lines and a no waiting at any time restriction for Carlton Road and part of Ward Street and Bradford Road.

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