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Bedfordshire seeks more firefighters in recruitment drive

Bedfordshire is looking to recruit more full-time firefighters. Credit: Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has started a recruitment drive for more full-time firefighters in the county.

The brigade says it is particularly keen to employ more women and more people from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority communities.

People have until 22 September to apply and must live in Bedfordshire or within 10 miles of the border.


Firefighters free trapped wild deer

Firefighters help free two deer trapped after getting tangled in rope in Essex. Credit: RSPCA

Two wild deer which became trapped after getting tangled up in rope in woods in Saffron Walden have been freed by the fire service and the RSPCA.

A passer by spotted the two bucks in difficulty and called the animal charity. Their antlers had become caught in rope which then got stuck around a tree in woods in Sewards End. The deer were becoming very distressed, but eventually they were freed.

The RSPCA says it is important not to leave rubbish around as it can be a danger to many animals.

Fire engine crashes in Suffolk

The fire engine that overturned in Suffolk Credit: Archant

A fire engine has overturned in Suffolk while responding to an emergency call.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said the appliance was on its way to a road accident when it was involved in a collision in the Onehouse area near Stowmarket.

A spokesman said:

The fire engine that crashed near Stowmarket in Suffolk Credit: Archant

"The details of the collision are still not clear but the fire engine was responding to an emergency when the incident happened.

"We believe that no other vehicles, other than the Stowmarket fire appliance, were involved."

– Suffolk Fire and Rescue

One crew member was injured and taken to Ipswich Hospital. His condition is not thought to be serious.

The crew, from Stowmarket, was one of three dispatched to a collision between a van and a car in which a child was injured in the village of Shelland.


Fire Fighters' Strike: Advice to public

Firefighters across the region are striking again today over their ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions.

The industrial action starts at 6 o'clock this morning - and is the first in a week of strike periods planned until Monday. The Fire Brigades Union has already staged a number of strikes over the same issue.

The Chief Fire Officer in Cambridgeshire, Graham Stagg, is asking people to take extra care during industrial action, but stresses that people can still call on the fire service to help them in an emergency, regardless of the strike.

Click below to hear the advice of the Chief Fire Officer of Cambridgeshire:

Fire unions set to strike

Firefighters will walk out between 7pm and midnight tonight Credit: ITV News Anglia

Fire Brigades Union members across the region will be out on strike once again this evening.

Tonight's strike takes place between 7pm and midnight.

Further action is planned for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, in an ongoing dispute over pension reforms.

Region prepares for fire strike

The region is preparing for a strike by members of the fire service. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Contingency plans are being put in place across the Anglia region as firefighters prepare to take part in a four hour nationwide strike.

It's in a row over pension plans.

Emergency calls will still be answered but there may be no response between 12pm and 4pm to calls about things like gas leaks and flooding.