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Firefighters face busy afternoon during national fire strike
5:25pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
FIREFIGHTERS have faced a busy afternoon across Dorset during the national fire strike.
Around 30 DFRS Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members took part in the four-hour strike, which was called from midday following continued disagreements about firefighter pensions.
Dorset's fire control received a total of 62 calls between noon and 4pm, 34 of which were 999 calls.
Dorset Fire and Rescue Service dealt with nine incidents in total during the afternoon, and available fire engines were moved 19 times to ensure available fire cover across Dorset.
Firefighters were called to a house in Weymouth following the sounding of fire alarms.
At 2.41pm a fire engine and officer from Weymouth were sent to the property in Grosvenor Road but this was later found to be a false alarm.
At 1.48pm, a crew from Bere Regis was called to attend a property fire in Grange Road, Steeple.
The ground floor of a detached property was smoke logged and firefighters used two sets of breathing apparatus and one hose reel to extinguish a small fire in an Aga.
The fire caused light smoke damage to the ground floor of the property.
Firefighters also attended two separate incidents in Swanage, including a gorse fire at Stoborough believed to be deliberate and the sounding of fire alarms in Burlington Road, which was later confirmed as a false alarm.
Chief Fire Officer, Darran Gunter said: "As a service we have been busy this afternoon but I would like to thank Dorset residents for heeding the warnings to take extra care and stay safe.
“We found our contingency arrangements satisfactory and used our non-striking staff to crew 22 fire engines across the county.
“Normal service has now been resumed but as always we encourage the public to think about their safety and ensure they have working smoke alarms in their homes.
“This continues to be a difficult period for staff and I am grateful for the dignity displayed by them all. At this time, we are not aware of any further dates for strike action."
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