Contingency firefighters have busy night while crews were on strike

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Contingency crews had a busy night across South Yorkshire - as crews continued their 24-hour walkout in a row over pensions.

Crews freed a woman who was trapped in a car following a crash on the A628 in Flouch, Barnsley at around 7pm.

Contingency firefighters removed the roof of the vehicle to free the woman, who was then taken to hospital.

Crews were also called to three other collisions in Barnby Dun, Birdwell and Askern but no action was needed by firefighters.

During the night, they also attended a car which had been set alight on Pollard Crescent, Parson Cross, a person locked in a bathroom on Renishaw Avenue, Broom and two children locked in a bathroom in Highgate Court, Goldthorpe.

They were also called to an ambulance fire on Weedon Street, Brightside and a bin fire in a garden on Hastings Street, Grimethorpe - which were both out on arrival.

Earlier in the day, three people were treated for minor smoke inhalation after a bedroom fire in Barnsley.

Contingency fire crews were called to the Michael Road, Lundwood, at around 2.15pm. Firefighters contained the blaze to the first floor, and a man, woman and young boy were treated at the scene.

The strike by the Fire Brigades Union finished at 9am today following a 24-hour protest at changes to their pensions and fears over job security.

A new pension scheme introduced for firefighters in 2006 raised the age of retirement to 60.

Older firefighters deemed physically unable to work on the frontline are supposed to be offered back office jobs but the Fire Brigades Union claims those roles are rapidly reducing as fire chiefs try to cut costs following government budget cuts.

The union claims that aging firefighters will end up being dismissed’ for failing fitness tests, putting them at risk of no income until they can draw their pensions at 67.