Firefighters strike ends and it’s ‘back to normal service’

Posted 21/06/2014 14:10:36

The seven hour period of industrial action by firefighters in England and Wales came to an end at 5pm today (Saturday 21st June).

It was the latest industrial action planned by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) as a protest against Government plans for pensions.

Chief Fire Officer Simon Smith reported that the arrangements put into place by North Wales Fire and Rescue Service to continue to provide a service had worked well.

"Again we managed the reduction in the resources that we had at our disposal well - our business continuity arrangements operated effectively and we reverted to normal services as soon as the strike came to an end.

"There was no difference to the number of calls received and incidents attended to that which we would normally expect on a weekend and I am pleased that we maintained fire cover across the region - I would again like to thank the public for their cooperation and for taking notice of our safety messages.

"Although this strike period is over, I would remind everyone that attention to fire safety and road safety remains of paramount importance.

Advice on how to keep safe is available on www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk, @NorthWalesFire and www.facebook.com/Northwalesfireservice .

Note for Editors

List of incidents mobilised to during strike period;

  • 1 house fire attended by two fire appliances, caused by a pan left unattended.
  • 1 vehicle fire
  • 2 automatic fire alarm (from a monitoring company) attended by a fire appliance but no action required
  • 1 controlled burning left unattended

List of other calls received;

  • 4 notifications of controlled burning
  • 1 notification of grass fire
  • 1 incident where advice on smoke alarm was provided over the phone
  • 2 automatic fire alarms, confirmed no fire (1 repeat call)

 

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