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During today’s two hour Fire Brigades Union (FBU) strike the Brigade’s contingency crews attended a fire in a block of flats on Saint Leonards Street in Bromley by Bow.
Control officers gave fire survival guidance to a resident and reassured them before crews arrived.
When they arrived they found thick black smoke in the stairwell of the building. Three adults and two children were rescued by contingency crews and a further three people left before the crews arrived. They were all treated for smoke inhalation by London Ambulance Service crews.
The Brigade was called at 0631 and the fire was under control by 0704.
London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said:
“Once again I’d like to thank the contingency crews for the professional way in which they attended the small number of incidents we had in London. I’d also like to thank control officers for how they handled calls and especially for reassuring residents at a flat fire in Bromley by Bow.”
During the strike from 6am to 8am on Monday, 4 November the Brigade received 27 calls and attended four incidents including two fires and two false alarms.
Today’s strike was the third in the dispute between the FBU and government over the Government’s reforms to the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme.