Crews called to accidents during strike

FIREFIGHTERS were called to two road accidents last night during the sixth round of strike action in the county.Industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union took place between 7pm and 10pm, with 24 of Suffolk's 35 fire stations remained operational throughout that time.

FIREFIGHTERS were called to two road accidents last night during the sixth round of strike action in the county.

Industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union took place between 7pm and 10pm, with 24 of Suffolk's 35 fire stations remained operational throughout that time.

The first call received was just before 8pm to a four-vehicle road accident at Barnham Camp. A crew from Thetford attended as did an officer from Suffolk.

Crews did not need to release anyone at the scene and the incident was over within 15 minutes. Police said nobody was seriously injured in the crash.

The second incident was a single vehicle accident at Swilland Road, Otley, just after 8pm, in which a car ended up in a ditch. Retained crews from Debenham and Woodbridge attended and released one person from the vehicle. Again, police said nobody was seriously injured.

Those attending the calls were members of Fire Officers Association and the Retained Firefighters Union.

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Fire stations closed during the strike were Bury St Edmunds, Felixstowe, Colchester Road in Ipswich, Princes Street in Ipswich, Normanshurst in Lowestoft, Newmarket (whole-time crew), Stradbroke, Wrentham, Hadleigh, Sudbury.

Ixworth and Eye retained station were "off the run" as there were not enough firefighters to crew an engine.

A spokewoman for Suffolk County Council said last night: "Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service would like to thank everyone who lives and works in the county for being especially vigilant to fire and traffic safety messages at this time."

The next periods of FBU strike action will take place today from 2pm until 7pm, tomorrow from 3pm until 7pm, October 3 from 7am until 10am, October 10 from 7am until 10am, October 17 from 7am until 10am and October 24 from 7am until 10am.

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