Communities praised during firefighter strikes

09-0567-1''Mansfield Fire Station
09-0567-1''Mansfield Fire Station

Christmas and New Year proved to be a relatively incident-free time during the industrial action by members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).

Nottinghamshire members staged a planned walk-out on 31st December between 6.30pm and midnight as part of the ongoing row over pensions.

And during those five-and-a-half hours the service received 14 calls which required operational response.

Among the incidents attended were a road traffic collision, where the vehicle was made safe, entry into a property where an individual had collapsed, and two tree fires.

The service had provided an emergency response to incidents with contingency crews recruited to help cover periods of industrial action, and firefighters who are not members of the FBU.

The crews responded from locations across the county identified as offering the most appropriate operational cover and resilience.

Chief fire officer, Frank Swann said: “Once again we have been able to provide limited operational cover to meet the demands placed on us during this time.

“I would like to thank all those people who took our advice and took extra care in helping to prevent incidents, both during the two periods of industrial action experienced so far this Christmas, and across the festive break.”