New Years Eve firefighters strike ends and it’s ‘back to normal service’Posted
The scheduled six hour period of industrial action by firefighters in England and Wales came to an end at half past midnight.
The strike was the latest period of industrial action planned by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) as a protest against Government plans for pensions.
Chief Fire Officer Simon Smith reported that North Wales Fire and Rescue Service had managed its services effectively during the strike action.
"There was obviously a reduction in the resources that we had at our disposal, however, our business continuity plans were put into operation effectively and as soon as the strike period came to an end we were able to ensure aquick and safereturn to normal services
"During the six hour period of industrial action our attendance was not required at any incidents - and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for their cooperation and for heeding our safety messages.
"Although this strike is over, I would remind everyone that attention to fire safety and road safety remains of paramount importance - firefighters are scheduled to strike again on Friday January 3rd between 6.30am and 8.30am.
"Wishing everyone a safe and happy New Year."
Advice on how to keep safe is available on www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk