Firefighters respond to flooding incidents in Ambleside during strike

CUMBRIA Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) responded to two flooding incidents in Ambleside during the latest wave of industrial action.

The Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) called a national walk-out between 6pm and 10pm on Friday (December 13) and Saturday (December 14) due to an ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions.

On Friday no emergency calls were received during industrial action and on Saturday crews attended the incidents in Ambleside.

Sixty-six of Cumbria’s 600 operational firefighters took part in the strike on Friday and 78 on Saturday.

There were 33 fire engines available during the strike on Friday, plus two major rescue units (MRU) and one small fires unit. On Saturday there were 31 fire engines, two MRUs and one small fires unit available to respond.

Cumbria’s Chief Fire Officer Ian Cartwright said: “Thankfully the industrial action on both days passed off without any major emergency incidents and our contingency arrangements ensured a response was available when needed.

“Our thanks must once again go out to the people of Cumbria for helping us out by minimising the risks of fire and road traffic collisions and avoiding making unnecessary 999 calls.”

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