Three Hartlepool incidents during latest fire strike

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CLEVELAND Fire Brigade had to deal with three incidents in Hartlepool during yesterday’s 24-hour strike.

Fully trained and experienced professional firefighters were supported by auxiliary fire officers during the walkout between 9am yesterday until 9am this morning.

During that time the firefighters were called to two rubbish fires in West View Road and Elmwood Road, in the town, and an automatic false alarm in Straker Street, in the town.

Ian Hayton, Cleveland Fire Brigade’s chief fire officer, said the contingency arrangements “performed well” throughout the area, dealing with 23 incidents across Teesside in total.

Mr Hayton said: “In the run up to the industrial action, the brigade encouraged the public, business owners and road users to take extra care with fire and road safety during the period of strike action.

“I am pleased to say that this appears to have had a fantastic impact and the number of incidents remains low for this time of year.

“I would like to thank the public for their support in taking on board the safety messages we have been promoting.

“Over the 24-hour strike period we dealt with 23 incidents.

“Our resilience arrangements performed well, dealing with house fires, rubbish fires, automatic fire alarms, and fuel spillages.

“While our contingency arrangements never fully replace the 21 fire engines and firefighters available to us under normal circumstances, the public can be reassured that we will provide a professional response at all times.”

Firefighters will walk out again on Saturday, June 21 from 10am-5pm as the bitter row between the Fire Brigades Union and the Government over pensions continues.

Mr Hayton added: “In terms of the next period of industrial action scheduled for Saturday, June 21, I would continue to urge the Government and the Fire Brigades Union to reconsider their respective positions and get back around the table and resolve this dispute.”