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Saturday, 30 November, 2002, 15:33 GMT
The firefighters' strike by region
London East England East Midlands South East South West Wales West Midlands North West Yorkshire & Humberside North East Northern Ireland Scotland

Events listed on this map refer to the last day of the most recent firefighters strike ending on Nov 29. The map will be re-activated on the next strike day.

East England

Military fire crews were called to help free a trapped motorist on the A14 in Cambridgeshire Friday morning.

The emergency services were called at around 0750 GMT after a car left the road and plunged into a ditch on the A14 westbound carriageway at Swavesey.

The man was reported to be conscious but trapped in his car.

Two Green Goddesses, a breathing apparatus team and a specialist team with cutting equipment were called to the scene along with ambulance crews and police. One lane of the westbound carriageway has been closed as a result of the accident.

East Midlands

A man's body was found by military and retained firefighters after a house blaze in Sincil Bank in Lincoln on Saturday morning.

Six crews attended the blaze around 0500 GMT and discovered the body after the fire had been brought under control.

A woman is been treated in hospital after being rescued by military crews and striking firefighters from a flat fire in Northampton.

Crews were called to the flat in Marlborough Road in St James just before half past four this morning, she was treated for the effects of breathing in smoke.

Military fire crews rescued an elderly Derbyshire couple from their home overnight, after they were trapped by a shed fire.

It happened on Skeavington Road in Ilkeston just after four o'clock Friday morning. The Ministry of Defence says the location of the fire meant the couple could not initially get out of their house. They were not injured.

Twenty five members of the armed forces spent much of the night fighting a huge factory fire in the Sneiton area of Nottingham.

Many of them had come straight from a house fire in Clifton to help with the blaze at Dalesdale Dyers and Finishers.

The Ministry of Defence has had its busiest night in Nottinghamshire since the fire strike began.


The London Fire Brigades' Union and local government employers are meeting for talks aimed at avoiding another stoppage.

Firefighters say they will walk out next Wednesday if negotiations fail.

Flats above shops in Clerkenwell were evacuated on Friday morning as soldiers attended a fire.

Firefighters returned to their picket lines when they realised there was no danger to life.

Northern Ireland

Striking fire fighters left their picket lines to battle two fires in Northern Ireland early this morning.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused during by a blaze at a Council depot in Dungannon, Co Tyrone.

A large number of council lorries, including refuse trucks, were destroyed. Local refuse collections will be disrupted later this morning.

Earlier, striking fire fighters responded to a house fire in Belfast.

North East

In the region it was, once again, a quiet night although a mother and daughter in Chester-le-Street in County Durham had to be helped from their house by neighbours, after a scented candle was knocked over in a bedroom.

No one was hurt and a military crew with a Green Goddess from Durham, put out the fire.

There was also a flat fire at Lort House in Shieldfields in Newcastle. A man returned home, put on a chip pan, and then fell asleep. Fortunately, he woke up in time, and there was not any major damage to the property.

New figures released by the Home Office have put County Durham and North Yorkshire among the areas most disrupted by hoax callers over the last three days of the firefighters strike.

Durham was fourth worst with 14% of regional calls, and North Yorkshire fifth with 13%.

North West

A mother and her week old baby boy have been rescued by military firefighters from blazing flats on Merseyside.

They were on the top floor of the two storey-building in Westvale in Kirkby.

A red fire engine was one of seven appliances used by crews to fight a blaze at a Georgian terrace in the Kensington area of Liverpool overnight. There were no injuries but the building has partially collapsed.

A young mother and child have been rescued from a house fire near Blackburn by striking firefighters who left their picket line.

The 22 year old woman and the 4 year old child were trapped upstairs in the property on Church Street in Great Harwood when the settee caught fire after an electrical fault last night.

Retained firefighters who were manning the picket in Great Harwood managed to get to the scene in three minutes, a Green Goddess arrived moments later and put out the fire.

Meanwhile, firefighters in Blackpool also left their picket line to attend a house fire in the resort. There were initially reports of people trapped in a house on Whitegate Drive but this turned out not to be the case.

Since the latest eight-day strike began, joint control rooms in Cumbria have taken 161 calls. Green Goddesses have been sent out 48 times. Thirteen hoax calls have been received.


The two sides in the firefighters' dispute are to meet later at a secret location, for talks aimed at avoiding another stoppage next week. The employers say they can not make a new pay offer until they know what savings can be made through new working practices.

South East

Retained firefighters are dealing with a fire at factory at Ford near Littlehampton, West Sussex.

The factory makes breeze blocks and the fire has broken out in large containers outside the building which contain aluminium. Six tenders at the scene. Nearby residents have been told to keep windows shut.

South West

Detectives in Gloucestershire want to speak to a man in connection with offensive posters that were plastered over the fire station at Tetbury.

The posters were aimed at the retained firefighters manning the station who are not taking industrial action. They were condemned by the Fire Brigades Union and the County Council who reported the matter to police.

During their investigations they have heard that a man spoke to a member of the fire service just before 10 am last Monday morning to tell them about the damage. He has not yet been spoken to by police officers.

He is described as white, in his mid forties, five feet eight inches tall, of medium build with short dark hair.

He was wearing a green quilted sleeveless jacket, a checked shirt and corduroy trousers and round glasses.

Firefighters have defended their workload after a week of few call-outs in Devon.

The latest figures available for the service show that in the year 1999 to 2000 Devon firefighters were called out to 17,000 incidents, of which 10,000 were fires or special service calls to floods or road accidents.

The county's 11 fulltime stations dealt with between 250 and nearly 2,200 incidents - Exeter's Howell Road fire station being the busiest in the county.

The county's Fire Brigade Union chairman Dave Chappell says aside from the community safety and check calls they make they also do a lot of training.

The two red modern fire engines handed over to the military in Devon are now operational.

A red engine manned by the armed forces attended its first callout in Plymouth last night.

Commander Richard Jones, who is in charge of the military operation, says his personnel are now well equipped to use the new engines.

The army in Gloucestershire has been offered the use of two more fire engines. They belong to the Vantage Point Business Village in Mitcheldean. The new owners no longer use the two red fire-engines which were formerly maintained by Xerox.

The army is thought to be keen to use them but before a final decision can be made questions of insurance and training have to be sorted out.

Royal Marines who are covering for firefighters in Bristol have spent the past couple of days getting to grips with a modern fire engine so that it can be used today for the first time on the final day of the present strike.

The engine is far more sophisticated than the Green Goddesses and will enable the troops to get to and deal more effectively with incidents.

It will also be on standby for the next planned fire strike which is planned for Wednesday and will last for another eight days.


Fifteen Red Goddesses with high powered hoses, longer ladders and faster response times will be deployed in Wales during any further strike action.

The modern tenders would replace 15 Green Goddesses, which would be put in reserve. There are currently just two Red Goddesses in Wales, based in Newport and Bridgend

West Midlands

One person has been taken to hospital following a house fire in the Ettingshall area of Wolverhampton.

Crews were called to the property in Junction Road at around 04:00 Friday morning.

In a separate incident, Army fire crews are dealing with a fire at Midland Construction Supplies in Monmore Road in the East Park area of Wolverhampton.

A man has had to jump from a first floor flat in Shropshire after a fire broke out.

He has been taken to hospital where he is being treated for the effects of breathing in smoke and possible injuries sustained from the fall.

A pensioner in a wheelchair was also rescued from his ground floor flat by army personnel after the blaze started at the Grinshill flats in Severn Way in the Wellington area of Telford.

Sergeant Andy Falp who is a fireman with the Royal Air force says the pensioner was reluctant to leave his home

Shropshire's chief fire officer has praised striking firefighters and RAF Green Goddess crews for their co-operation at a fire in Wellington last night.

Firefighters who left the picket-line were first at the scene at a block of flats in Dothill, at about 20:30, they gave first aid to a man who had jumped from a first-floor window, and helped rescue two others during a search of the block's 12 flats, using breathing equipment.

The blaze was then dealt with by RAF crews.

Yorkshire and Humberside

Firefighters have broken their strike in Scunthorpe to attend a serious crash on Mortal Ash Hill.

Details are limited but it is known that one person is trapped in a vehicle following the accident outside Gate Four of the steelworks. It happened at around half past nine.

Full time firefighters from the Scunthorpe Brigade have taken two engines to the scene and are assisting other emergency services in the rescue.

An arson investigation is underway after a blaze at a disused carpet warehouse in Grimsby last night.

Four Green Goddess Fire Engines were called out to deal with the incident on Church Street, the blaze was brought under control within an hour and a half.

Two soldiers had to be decontaminated by a team from the local authority after coming into contact with asbestos.

A structural engineer was also called in after concerns the building was weakened further, following a serious fire there last year.

North Yorkshire has been highlighted as one of the areas with the worst record for hoax calls during the fire-fighters strike.

Thirteen percent of Emergency calls made in the county during the last three days have been hoaxes

A 12 year old boy from Pudsey is fighting for his life after soldiers cut him free from a car wreck in Leeds.

The incident took place at 19:10 Thursday evening in Middleton Grove in Beeston.

Troops with specialist equipment arrived shortly afterwards and cut the boy out before he was taken to the LGI where he has been undergoing surgery.

Elsewhere, it has been a quiet night for the Green Goddesses in West Yorkshire with only 39 call outs. 26 of these were real incidents, with 5 house fires, 7 car fires, 11 bin fires and 3 road accidents.

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