Public thanked after fire brigade walkouts

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Fire chiefs in South Yorkshire have thanked residents for keeping call-outs low after contingency crews were only needed for a handful of small incidents during two four-hour strikes.

On Friday and Saturday night, members of the Fire Brigades Union at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue walked out from 6pm to 10pm in an ongoing row over pensions.

During the first strike, crews attended a skip fire in Woodseats and a rubbish fire in Attercliffe.

They also put out a bin fire near Tesco at the Frenchgate Centre, Doncaster, and a small bonfire in a back garden in Balby.

On Saturday night firefighters were only needed to extinguish a burning bin in a park at East Herringthorpe, Rotherham.

A fire brigade spokesman said: “Thanks for keeping calls down.”

But Matt Wrack, general secretary of the FBU, has warned of further action.

“We’ll keep up the pressure for the sake of public safety and our members,” he said.