Following strikes by the Fire Brigades Union over the weekend (Friday 2 May between 12:00 and 17:00 hours, Saturday 3 May between 14:00 and 02:00, and Sunday 4 May between 10:00 hours – 15:00 hours), Cleveland Fire Brigade’s operational response service has returned to normal.
The industrial action was in relation to the FBU’s national dispute over pensions with central Government.
The withdrawal of military support during periods of industrial action by the Government has meant that fire and rescue services have to make other arrangements in order to provide emergency cover during periods of disruption.
Cleveland Fire Brigade has contingency arrangements in place to provide emergency cover during periods of disruption, which includes having fully trained and experienced, professional firefighters supported by auxiliary firefighters.
Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer said:
“In the run up to the Bank Holiday weekend, the Brigade encouraged the public and business owners to take extra care with fire safety during the period of strike action. I am pleased to say that this appears to have had an impact and the number of incidents we have dealt with reflect the normal picture for this time of year. I would like to thank the public for their support in taking on board the safety messages we have been promoting”
“That said, it has been our busiest period of strike action so far with 25 calls being received on Saturday alone. Our resilience arrangements performed well dealing with gas leaks, house fires, rubbish fires, lift rescues, automatic fire alarms, vehicle fires and fuel spillages. Whilst our contingency arrangements never fully replace the 21 fire engines and firefighters available to us under normal circumstances, the public can be reassured that we will provide a professional response at all times.”
“In terms of the possibility of further potential action, I would continue to urge the Government and the Fire Brigades Union to get back around the table and negotiate a settlement to this dispute.”
During the strike period we received 41 calls.
5 Incidents attended by the emergency crews on Friday:
Worset Ln, Hpool. Report of smoke in the area. One appliance attended.
Eston Hills. Gorse and wood. One appliance attended.
High Flyers Childrens’ Centre, Thby. Automatic Fire Alarm. Two appliances attended.
The Front, Seaton Carew, Hpool. Grass. One appliance despatched.
Tilery Primary School, Portrack, Stkn. Automatic Fire Alarm. Two appliances attended.
25 Incidents attended by the emergency crews on Saturday:
Frampton Green, Mbro – Lawn mower – 1 appliance attended.
The Front Seaton Carew – Sand Dunes – 1 appliance attended.
Barrass Gr, Mbro – Rubbish – 2 appliances attended
West View Rd, Hpool – House – 2 appliances attended.
Albert Pk, Mbro – Bin – 1 appliance attended
Marton Rd, Mbro – Bushes – 1 appliance attended
Uni of Teesside – Incomplete call – no attendance
Silverton Rd,Guis – Woods – 1 appliance attended
Spencerfield Cres, Thorntree – Rubbish 1 appliance attend
Eastbourne Rd, Mbro – Rubbish 1 appliance attended
Longford St, Mbro – House 2 appliances attended
Cromwell Rd, South Bank – rubbish 1 appliance attended
Unity City, Ormesby – Rubbish – 1 appliance attended
Coledale Rd,Mbro – Rubbish – 1 appliance attended
Beresford Cres, Thorntree – Tractor 1 appliance attended
Braid Cres, Bham –Controlled Burning FB not reqd.
St Marys Wk,Mbro – Tree – 1 appliance attended
Birkhall Rd,Thorntree – Rubbish – 1 appliance attended
Police Stn, Hpool – SSE – 1 appliance attended
Ragpath Ln, Ston – SSE – 1 appliance attended
Mansepool Cl, Hpool – Persons Reported 3 appls attended
Stn India – Standby – 1 appliance (B1) attended
Thornaby Rd, Thby – 1 appliance attended
James Cook Hosp area 14 – AFA – 3 appliances attended
Westbourne St, Ston – Smoke – 1 appliance attended
11 Incidents attended by the emergency crews on Sunday:
North Tees Hospital, Stockton – AFA – 2 appliances attended
Asda Living Teesside Retail Park – Lift release – 2 appliances
Falcon Way Guisborough – Special Service gas boiler 1 appliance
Borough Hall Buildings, Middlegate, Headland – Special Service gas release 1 appliance
Raithwaite House Guisborough – AFA 2 appliances
Marton Burn Rd, Grove Hill, Middlesbrough – Flat – 2 Appliances
Slater Rd, Grangetown, Middlesbrough – Rubbish – 1 appliance
Arundel Rd, Billingham – AFA – 2 appliances
Rockliffe Rd, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough – House – 2 appliances
Maritime Rd, Stockton – Fuel Spillage -1 appliance
Mulgrave Rd, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough – Garage – 2 appliances