Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service Press Release

County fire crews resume normal service following national strike

Firefighters and local communities have been praised for their professionalism and diligence during today's four-hour national fire strike.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) maintained a slightly reduced operation during the industrial action, which was held across the country from 12pm to 4pm as part of a national campaign on pension arrangements.

The thorough contingency plans put in place by the service meant that significant resources were available, with 26 fire engines ready to respond to emergencies. Normally the county has 33 engines at its disposal.

However, these contingency resources were largely not called upon, with only a handful of emergency calls to the control room in the four-hour strike period - and normal service was resumed at 4pm.

Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall said: "I'm pleased that the firefighters who were on duty today displayed great flexibility and professionalism to ensure that an effective service was provided for the people of Gloucestershire."

"Those members of the public and local businesses that prepared themselves for this strike by considering their own safety at home and work also deserve all the praise they can get."

"This was a dispute between the Government and the Fire Brigades Union and therefore out of our hands as a service, but I'm pleased that so many people in the county did their bit to remain safe during this short period of industrial action."

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "I've seen first-hand the thorough plans put in place to ensure a professional fire service was maintained in the county today and I'm glad that they worked well - thanks in most part to those firefighters who remained on duty."

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25th September 2013