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Swadlincote firefighters miss start of strike due to car crash

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 11, 2014

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FIREFIGHTERS in South Derbyshire were called into action just moments before they were set to walk out on strike – after a person was left trapped in their car following an accident.

Fire crews from Swadlincote and Moira were called into action at 9.50am - just 10 minutes before crews across the country were getting set to down tools in an ongoing row over pension changes.

The incident saw a car overturn in Hastings Road, in Swadlincote, following a crash involving another vehicle.

Two people were taken to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital as a precaution after suffering minor injuries.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “A crew from Swadlincote, with assistance from a crew from Moira Fire Station, attended after it was reported that one person was trapped.

“They rescued the casualty, who was then taken to hospital and they left the scene at 10.44am.”

The air ambulance attended but was not needed in the end.

Crews from Burton were not called out during the strike but firefighters from Tutbury were called to a ‘minor’ incident at JCB headquarters, in Uttoxeter, at around 3.45pm.

Firefighters across the area headed out on strike from 10am to 7pm yesterday.

They were joined by thousands of teachers, school support staff and council workers in a dispute over pay rises.

The strikes, which saw millions walk out of work nationally, saw several schools in the area forced to close or operate a reduced operation.

Staffordshire County Council has said it’s ‘business as usual’ despite the industrial action.

An estimated 212 workers out of 6,053 took part in the strike.

Ian Parry, deputy leader, said: “We saw a small minority of staff take industrial action but, apart from this, it had a minimal impact on council services.”

Representatives from Unison, Unite, GMB and the National Union of Teachers said that the strikes were ‘justified’.

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