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Busy weekend for fire crews as strike hits.

A STRIKE by the Fire Brigades Union which began on Friday evening meant a busy weekend for West Yorkshire Fire Service.

One hundred and sixty-five calls were received in the first 24 hours an expected volume for this time of year.

Contingency crews attended 83 incidents and no emergencies went unattended. The most significant incident attended during the strike period was a house fire in Hyde Park, Leeds. No-one had to be rescued.

Another fire in Leeds was caused by a pumpkin lantern left too close to curtains on a windowsill, causing minor damage.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Steve Beckley said: "The fire which started from a pumpkin shows just how easily a blaze can catch hold if combustible material, such as curtains, is near a naked flame.

"What starts out as Halloween fun and games can end badly."

This is the 47th period of strike action taken by the Fire Brigades Union since September last year. It will come to an end tomorrow.

The decision for strike action relates to an ongoing dispute between the FBU and the Government over its public sector pension reform programme. In particular current proposals to introduce a new Firefighters' Pension Scheme from April 2015 to replace the two current pension schemes that most operational personnel are members of.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 3, 2014
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