Gloucestershire County Council Press Release

National fire strike passes without major incident in county

The national fire strike on Friday (1st November) night passed without major incident in Gloucestershire - but fire crews were fully prepared.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) maintained a slightly reduced operation during the four-and-a-half hour industrial action from 6.30pm to 11pm, which was called by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) as part of a national campaign on pension arrangements.

However, the thorough contingency plans put in place meant that 28 fire engines were ready to respond to emergencies. A total of 140 firefighters were available across the county - the same number as on an average Friday night.

Despite a number of local people putting on bonfire night events and fireworks parties in the run-up to 5th November, fire crews weren't called to any firework related incidents during the strike period.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Geoff Sallis said: "As with any strike period we ensured that significant contingency plans were in place, but on this occasion they weren't needed. I'm pleased that so many people in the county did their bit to remain safe."

"I'm also pleased that the fire crews on duty maintained the professional service that Gloucestershire deserves."

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "Once again the county service has demonstrated a great degree of professionalism, thanks to those fire crews that remained on duty."

"I hope that local people who are putting on fireworks parties over the weekend continue to do so safely and responsibly."

The FBU has called on its members to engage in a second strike on Monday 4th November from 6am to 8am, for which GFRS again has thorough contingency plans in place.

ENDS

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Issued by:Keith Coles, Gloucestershire County Council media team, 01452 425391

1st November 2013