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Dog trapped in chair during fire strike

By Reportergrace  |  Posted: December 14, 2013

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Friday evening's national firefighters' strike passed off without any major incident for Lincs Fire and Rescue - with a trapped dog their most challenging call-out of the night.

The industrial action took place between 6-10pm last night due to a dispute over pensions.

The fire service earlier announced they would operate with skeleton crews during strike hours and response times would potentially be longer.

Although staff responded to 999 emergency calls, they warned that they would not attend the scene of automated call-outs generated by fire alarms unless a 999 call was also made.

During the four hours of the strike - which affected Grantham, Lincoln, Skegness, Boston and Gainsborough fire stations - crews attended an address in Market Rasen to free a terrier which was trapped in a recliner chair. A saw had to be used to cut away the item of furniture and release the pet.

Later on firefighters were called out to a gas incident in Skegness and a minor fire in Gainsborough.

The service confirmed on their Twitter feed that the final hour of the strike had been without incident and the action ended as planned by 10pm.

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  • Anon51  |  December 15 2013, 7:13PM

    I know they do a risky job but lets face it if you paid them when they actually worked they'd be on the min wage, the risks they take are no different to military personnel (who are also having their pensions hit) and they have to do a full days work every day, as well as risk taking, only they can't go on strike. Oh and in general they end up picking up the slack when the lazy firemen or whoever strike!

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  • Riggwelter  |  December 14 2013, 3:34PM

    As the article says. Crews are responding to emergency 999 calls.

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  • Riggwelter  |  December 14 2013, 3:34PM

    As the article says. Crews are responding to emergency 999 calls.

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  • Phil1W  |  December 14 2013, 2:01PM

    rick29, when someone dies because the fire crew that turns up are so old and past it that they can't get the big ladders down from the fire engine to rescue someone and they die who do the deceased family sue then? Its the government putting lives in danger by trying to force firemen to work longer, possibly beyond being fit enough for the job, or threatening to take away their pensions! Our firemen go to work every day not knowing what they will be facing and regularly risking their lives for the rest of us. Where would we be without them? Leave their pensions alone and let them get on with their job!

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  • rick29  |  December 14 2013, 11:26AM

    i hope no one dies when these strikes happen if they do i hope the deceased family should sue the firebrigade and the union for putting lives in danger

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