Few call-outs as firefighters stage four-hour strike

Firefighters on strike at Aylesbury Fire Station
Firefighters on strike at Aylesbury Fire Station

Bucks Fire & Rescue Service has thanked people for taking extra care during the firefighters’ strike on Wednesday afternoon.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) across the country walked out for four hours over what they called “unsafe, unfair and unworkable” pensions proposals by central government.

In Bucks, firefighters attended just two incidents between noon and 4pm, both of which were false alarms.

In a public message on the fire service website, chief operating officer Jason Thelwell said: “We were able to provide the same level of cover as on a normal day, and your vigilance led to a significantly reduced demand for our services.”

Contingency plans also paid off in Northants with fire officers reporting 12 fire engines ready to respond during the strike.

Northants chief fire officer Martyn Emberson said: “This is not significantly different to the available cover during the daytime in the county on any other day.”

During the strike Northants fire service was called to a blaze at a recycling plant in Wellingborough and responded to calls about a suspect package which was left to be dealt with by the police.

Mark Ames, of the Oxfordshire FBU, said: “We have got the media’s interest, which is the main purpose of it, to make them get back around the negotiating table and make them see sense.

“It’s a warning shot across the bows for the government.”