Firefighters in Kent called out during Christmas Eve strike

PUBLISHED: 11:19 30 December 2013 | UPDATED: 11:19 30 December 2013


Storms and floods led to firefighters in Dartford being recalled to duty during the Christmas Eve strike.

Two drivers who became trapped in flood water over two feet deep had to be rescued in Franks Lane, Horton Kirby at about 9pm, whilst the units were on the walkout.

Under the terms of agreement between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), employers and the government, the firefighters can agree to deal with severe incidents whilst on strike.

One fire engine was sent to the scene, and firefighters used water safety equipment to lead the drivers to safety.

Police then shut the road to prevent further vehicles becoming stuck.

Matt Wrack, FBU General Secretary said the work of the firefighters in Kent demonstrates their commitment to public safety.

He said: “Firefighters in Kent and across the country are doing a tremendous job in very difficult conditions, and where safety is significantly threatened have set aside their differences with government to put the public first.”

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