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Two people were freed from a car in St Helens Lane, West Farleigh after a crash during the firefighter strike

By Claire McWethy

Two people had to be cut out of a car following a crash during a fire strike today.

One fire engine was called to St Helens Lane in West Farleigh at 3pm after the accident, which involved two cars.

A man and a woman were freed by firefighters using hydraulic cutting equipment.

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It was one of several call outs for the service during a strike of Fire Brigades Union members.

They were called to a crash between a car and a lorry at Colts Hill, Tonbridge at 12.30pm, as well as two collisions elsewhere in the county.

Another crew was recalled while en route to a small fire in farm outbuildings at Gravesend Road, Wrotham, which was dealt with by the owner

Firefighters across Kent began their first 24-hour strike from 9am today as part of their ongoing dispute with the government over pensions.

It will be followed by a similar nationwide walk-out on Saturday, June 21, between 10am and 5pm.

The two strikes are the latest in a series over pensions. The first was in September last year.

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