Malicious calls made to crews

Firefighter Ian Birks
Firefighter Ian Birks
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Forty calls for assistance were made in Lancashire while firefighters went on strike on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Retained crews manned fire engines while the Fire Brigades Union members walked out on three separate occasions in a dispute over changes to pensions and the retirement age.

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said while most of the calls were to false alarms and small fires involving rubbish, there had been two serious fires and a malicious call, all during the strike between 2pm on Saturday and 2am on Sunday.