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Firefighters called to attend crash at Mattishall at the end of today’s two-hour strike

PUBLISHED: 09:57 03 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:37 03 January 2014


Firefighters were called to attend a crash at Mattishall at the end of today’s two-hour strike.

The one vehicle crash happened at Stone Road at about 8.20am this morning - about 10 minutes before the end of today’s two hours of industrial action by members of the Fire Brigades Union.

A Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said firefighters went to the crash scene at 8.34am this morning and helped one person out of the vehicle. The firefighters were at the scene until about 8.45am.

The spokesman said that during this morning’s two-hour strike, between 6.30am and 8.30am, the only other incidents the service was contacted about were two automatic fire alarms which were false alarms. One was in Norwich and one was in Dereham.

A Norfolk police spokesman said a silver Vauxhall Astra was involved in the Stone Road crash and that following the crash a road block was put in place at the slip road for the A47. The road was reopened at 9am.

Today’s fire service strike action - one of a series of firefighters strikes that have taken place nationally over the festive period - was undertaken by FBU firefighter members due to a dispute between the national government and the FBU over changes to the national pension scheme.

The fire service continued to operate a 999 response service during the strike action with calls being prioritised as they came in.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said there were no major incidents reported in the county during the strike period.

In Cambridgeshire, the strike also past without incident and no 999 calls were received.

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