A FIRE services were called to 13 emergencies during a strike involving firefighters.
The call outs during the six-hour strike, which started on New Year’s Eve, included a collision on the A19 at Seaham Grange where two people had to be cut from their car.
Cleveland Fire Brigade was called to four rubbish fires across their area, which includes Hartlepool.
Officers from County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service were called to nine incidents that included the A19 crash as well as being called to assist police to capture a loose horse at West Auckland; rubbish fires in Darlington and Chester-le-Street; a call to Frankland Prison, Durham City, which turned out to be a false alarm; and a car fire in Consett.
The industrial action started on New Year’s Eve at 6.30pm and run until 12.30am on New Year’s Day and related to the on-going national dispute between the Fire Brigades Union and the Government over pension scheme proposals.
Stuart Errington, deputy chief fire officer, said: “Our resilience plans have worked well and we coped with a diverse range of emergency incidents. I would like to thank people for taking extra care, especially as this strike coincided with New Year’s Eve when many people would have been celebrating and safety may not necessarily have been their number one priority.
“During this most recent period of industrial action, as during the seven previous strikes since September, we were able to provide people in County Durham and Darlington Borough with a professional response.
“We hope that our efforts to warn and inform people to take extra care in the build-up to this strike will carry through to the next period of industrial action, which is due to take place on Friday, January 3, from 6.30am until 8.30am.”
For information about how to stay safe at home and at work visit: www.ddfire.gov.uk