Temporary crews in Keighley strike call-outs

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Keighley-based temporary fire crews were called out several times during the latest strike action by firefighters.

Incidents locally included a road accident at Silsden on Friday afternoon, plus a skip blaze and small fire in the open in Keighley on Saturday.

But brigade bosses said there were no major incidents, and they thanked the public for its vigilance.

Members of the Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) walked out for five hours on Friday, for 12 hours – from 2pm – on Saturday and for a further five hours on Sunday.

The strikes were the latest in a series as part of a national dispute regarding planned changes to pensions.

The FBU is fighting proposals to increase employee pension contributions and raise the retirement age to 60.

“This was the longest period of strike action we have experienced in one stint during this ongoing dispute, and our contingency plans proved successful,” said the brigade’s assistant chief fire officer, Dave Walton.

“We had fire engines covering the county, strategically placed in areas of higher risk and staffed either by firefighters who had chosen not to strike or community response operatives under the guidance of senior officers.

“We would like to thank people for doing their bit to help us by staying safe.”

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