Following today’s nine hour strike by the Fire Brigades Union between 10:00am and 7.00pm, 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 good contingency arrangements in place to provide emergency cover during periods of disruption, which included having fully trained and experienced, professional firefighters supported by auxiliary firefighters who are similarly trained.
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 great 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 nine hour strike period we dealt with two incidents which were both small fires. 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 which is scheduled for eight consecutive days and covers 15 two hour strikes starting from Monday 14 July 2014, we have the same arrangements in place. We will continue to deal with any incidents that occur in the same professional manner we have done previously. I would continue to ask members of the public to be more vigilant and take extra care whether at home, work, outdoors or on the roads to ensure their safety.
“I would also 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 3 calls.
Whinney Hill, Stockton Rubbish 1 appliance attended
Evendale, Guisborough Carbon monoxide alarm 1 appliance attended
Church Rd, Stockton Grass 1 appliance attended