Brigade back to normal following strike action by firefighters

Following yesterday’s 24-hour strike by the Fire Brigades Union between 09:00 on Thursday 12 June until 09:00 on Friday 13 June 2014, 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 had robust contingency arrangements in place to provide emergency cover during the 24-hour period of disruption, which included having fully trained and experienced, professional firefighters supported by auxiliary firefighters.

Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer said:

“In the run up to the Industrial Action, the Brigade encouraged the public, business owners and road users to take extra care with fire and road safety during the period of strike action. I am pleased to say that this appears to have had a fantastic impact and the number of incidents remains low 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”

“Over the 24-hour strike period we dealt with 23 incidents. Our resilience arrangements performed well, dealing with house fires, rubbish fires, automatic fire alarms, 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 next period of industrial action scheduled for Saturday 21 June 2014, I would continue to urge the Government and the Fire Brigades Union to reconsider their respective positions and get back around the table and resolve this dispute.”

During the strike period we received 26 calls.

Straker St, Hpool  –  Automatic False Alarm (AFA)  –  2 appliances attended
Marlborough Ave, Marske  –  AFA – 2 appliances attended
Lockton Cres/Bader Ave, Thby – Fuel Spillage  – 1 appliance attended
Grangefield Rd, Stockton  –  Grass  – 1 appliance attended
Hampden St, South Bank  –  House  –  2 appliances attended
Linthorpe Rd, Mbro  –  Bin  –  1 appliance attended
Ennis sq, Dormanstown  –  Rubbish  –  1 appliance attended
West View Rd, Hpool  –  Rubbish  –  1 appliance attended
Destiny Centre, Norton  – AFA  –  2 appliances attended
Chaucer Cl, Billingham  –  Gas BBQ   –  1 appliance attended
Stanhope Rd, Billingham  –  FAGI   – 1 appliance attended
Bishopton Rd,Stockton   –  Ext .window of house   –  1 appliance attended
Barnaby Cl, Marske  –  Trailer   –  1 appliance attended
Hart Reservoir  –  Rubbish   –  1 appliance attended
Overdale Rd, Mbro  –   Grass   –  1 appliance attended
SSI Lackenby Bos Plant   –  Fire  –  4 appliances attended
Birkhall Rd, Thorntree  –   Grass   –  1 Appliance attended
Overdale Rd, Park End,Mbro  –  Rubbish  –  1 Appliance attended
Cambridge Rd, Mbro  –  Rubbish  –  1 Appliance attended
Norton Rd, Norton, Ston  –  Bin  –  1 Appliance attended
Elmwood Rd, Hpool  –  Rubbish  –  1 Appliance attended
Debenhams, Mbro  –  AFA  –  No Attendance
Hill St Centre, Mbro  –  AFA  –  No Attendance
Highfield Nursing Home, Yarm  –  AFA  –  2 Appliances attended
Gillbrook Tech College, Eston  –  AFA  –  No attendance
Hinton Ct Flats, Guis  –  AFA  –  1 Appliance attended

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