During the national industrial action by members of the Fire Brigades Union held today between 12noon and 4pm, emergency cover at Cleveland Fire Brigade was provided by professional firefighters not involved in the action supported by our auxiliary firefighters.
Cleveland Fire Brigade attended two incidents between 12 noon and 4pm, one to a small fire in a washing machine at a property in Grangetown which was out on arrival and another to an automatic fire alarm which was a false alarm.
Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Office at Cleveland Fire Brigade said, “Our auxiliary firefighters provided a successful supporting role and I would like to thank them for their work today. In order to support us through this time of industrial dispute, they have received professional training as defensive firefighters over the last few weeks to support our professional firefighters not involved in the strike action.
“As always the safety of our communities is and always will be our number one priority, and I can reassure the public that we continued to provide an emergency response service throughout the period of disruption and responded to all emergency calls received.
“As this industrial dispute has as yet not been resolved and further strike action may take place, we are still asking members of the public to take extra care in order to reduce the risk of a fire in their homes, businesses and communities.”
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