‘Back to normal service’ after latest firefighters strike – but more strikes next weekPosted
The seven hour period of industrial action by firefighters in England and Wales came to an end at 7pm today (Thursday 10th July).
It was the latest strike led by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) as a protest against Government plans for pensions, taken on the same day as coordinated industrial action by other public sector workers across the UK.
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 - but warned ahead of further strikes by firefighters next week that the public must remain vigilant.
"Our business continuity arrangements are operating effectively, and we are managing well with the reduction in our resources during strike action.
"The number of calls made to our control room during today's strike was lower than we would normally expect and I would like to thank the public for their cooperation and for taking notice of our safety messages.
"But I am urging the public to take care not be complacent - with a further period of 8 days of intermittent strikes ahead of us next week it is vital that we continue to 'take extra care'."
Firefighters will strike as follows;
• Monday 14 July 6am-8am and 5pm-7pm
• Tuesday 15 July 6am-8am and 5pm-7pm
• Wednesday 16 July 6am-8am and 5pm-7pm
• Thursday 17 July 6am-8am and 5pm-7pm
• Friday 18 July 6am-8am and 11pm-1am on Saturday 19 July
• Saturday 19 July 11am-1pm and 11pm-1am on Sunday 20 July
• Sunday 20 July 5pm-7pm
• Monday 21 July 6am-8am and 5pm-7pm
I would ask that residents take extra care to prevent fires in their home -
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List of incidents mobilised to during today's strike period (10am-7pm 10th July 2014) ;
• 1 incident where two fire appliances attended but the fire was already out on arrival
• 1 incident about which we were alerted with good intent, to which we mobilised on fire appliance but which did not involve fire
• 1 incident involving a fire alarm activated by cooking fumes which two fire appliances attended
• 1 incident involving a small fire in the open which was attended by one appliance (with 8 repeat calls)
List of other calls received during today's strike (10th July);
• 10 notifications of controlled burning
• 3 automatic fire alarms, confirmed no fire
• 1 call where advice was provided over the phone, in relation to smoke a alarm
• 3 incidents about which we were alerted with good intent but did not involve fire