Gloucestershire County Council Press Release

National fire strike passes without major incident in county

Today's national fire strike passed without major incident in Gloucestershire - though crews were called to five incidents, one being to assist in the rescue of a paraglider in the four-hour period

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) maintained a slightly reduced operation during the period of industrial action from 10am to 2pm, called by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) as part of a national campaign on pension arrangements.

The thorough contingency plans put in place meant that 24 fire engines were ready to respond to emergencies and a total of 138 firefighters were available across the county.

Crews responded to automatic fire alarms in Tewkesbury and Lydney, a minor car accident in Dursley, a flooding in Gloucester and were asked by the service to assist in the rescue of a paraglider in Haresfield Beacon at 1.45pm. Two crews helped move the injured paraglider to a waiting air ambulance ready to be taken to hospital.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Geoff Sallis said: "Our contingency plans worked really well in the county and crews acted quickly and professionally on the occasions they were called upon. As with any strike period, we ask local people to do their bit to remain safe in their homes and businesses and I'm pleased so many have taken our advice on board."

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 largely to those fire crews that remained on duty."

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

13th November 2013