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More than 50 per cent of normal fire engine numbers available during action last night
FIRE service chiefs say they were able to cope with strike action by firefighters last night, but are gearing up for another in two days time.
The Fire Brigades Union's (FBU) industrial action ended last night at 11pm and firefighters are back on duty.
A spokesman for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had managed to retain its 20-minute response times.
Teams were called out at 6.48pm to a chimney fire in Andover – but it was out on arrival.
They were also called out after smoke was seen coming from an electrical cupboard in Gosport. The fire was out on arrival.
The service has issued a warning to residents to remain safety conscious when further strike activity takes place on Monday.
During the strike it had 41 fire engines available to respond to emergencies across the county, which is more than 50 per cent of its usual number.
The majority of our appliances were crewed by retained firefighters and some operational staff not based on fire stations.
A spokeswoman said: “With this number of appliances available we were able to maintain our 20-minute response time to emergency incidents, as planned during the industrial action, and respond to a number of incidents throughout the county well within this time.”
A fire service spokeswoman said it had been a very quiet night with only an automatic fire alarm.
A spokeswoman added: “We would like to thank all members of our local communities and businesses for taking extra care during the strike.
“We would like to remind Hampshire residents that further strike action is due to take place on Monday morning, between 6am and 8am.
“As this is likely to be a busy time on the roads, with schools returning after half-term, we are urging the public to leave plenty of time for journeys and to make allowances for any difficult driving conditions.
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