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Firefighters on strike attend Carlisle fire

It's thought the fire was not serious Credit: ITV Border

One of Carlisle's main roads was closed last night after a blaze broke out during the firefighters strike.

Traffic was diverted as thick smoke drifted across the area. Despite the industrial action, crews did attend the scene on Scotland Road at Cross Street and quickly brought the fire under control.

The strike was the longest the service has taken in three years Credit: ITV Border

The 24-hour strike officially ended at 9am today, Friday 13 June. It's the latest industrial action taken in a three-year dispute over pensions.

Nearly 100 Cumbrian firefighters took part strike

32 fire engines were available county-wide on Friday, 30 on Saturday and 34 on Sunday Credit: ITV Border

More than 90 firefighters in Cumbria took part in the national strike last weekend. The three day strike was in response to a dispute with the Government over pensions.

Of 600 firefighters, 94 took part in the strike on Friday, 96 on Saturday and 97 on Sunday.

15 incidents were dealt with by the Fire Service during this time.

Photographer awarded for rescue of flood victim

Pensioner Elizabeth Young would have died back in January after she became trapped in her car during a severe flood.

Amateur photographer Colin Smithson spotted Elizabeth's plight as he took pictures of the flood.

He then risked his own life to help her to safety.

Today Colin was officially honoured for his bravery.

At a special ceremony at Cumbria Fire and Rescue HQ, the 64-year-old from Kirkbride near Wigton, was officially honoured for saving the life of Elizabeth Young earlier this year.

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Four hour rescue to save cow

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service have spent four hours rescuing a cow from a slurry pit.

Officers were called to Priory Farm at Armathwaite at about 6:30pm yesterday, Monday 7 April.

It took 11 officers to rescue the pregnant animal.

"It was a good hardworking job that was a successful rescue. It's a good reminder of the varying roles that fire fighters undertake to help the public."

– Eddie Burrows, Cumbria Fire and Rescue

Hoax caller fears

Hoax callers are risking the lives of residents across Cumbria, with hundreds of malicious calls made in just 12 months. The warning comes from fire service bosses after it was revealed that more than 330 malicious calls were made to Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service in 2013.

New number for non-emergencies

Cumbria Fire Service has launched a new non-emergency phone number.

Anyone wanting to find out more about home safety checks, report non-emergency fire risks or make general enquiries can ring 0300 303 8623.

Callers can then press one to report a fire risk, two for a home safety check, three for human resources and four for general enquiries.

The fire service says non-urgent fire risks could include potential wildfire hazards or the unsafe storage of combustible materials.

The number will be in operation 24 hours a day.

New non-emergency number for Cumbria's Fire Service

Cumbria Fire Service has launched a new non-emergency phone number.

Anyone wanting to find out more about home safety checks, report non-emergency fire risks or make general enquiries can ring 0300 303 8623.

Callers can then press one to report a fire risk, two for a home safety check, three for human resources and four for general enquiries.

The fire service says non-urgent fire risks could include potential wildfire hazards or the unsafe storage of combustible materials.

The number will be in operation 24 hours a day.

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