25 September 2013

Contingency plans that were put in place to ensure the continuation of an emergency response service during today’s strike worked well say Northamptonshire County Council’s fire and rescue service after today’s strike by members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).

Why did the strike take place?

The four hour strike was held at stations across England and Wales today (Wednesday 25th September) from 12pm to 4pm as a result of an on-going national dispute with the government about pensions.

“We had 12 appliances available to respond to emergencies during today’s strike” said Chief Fire Officer Martyn Emberson. “This is not significantly different to the available cover during the daytime in the county on any other day.

“We did have a fire at a recycling plant in Wellingborough today, which started at approximately 7.00am this morning and has been on-going. However during the period of strike action we only had a single mobilisation at 14.58 to a suspect package, which was jointly resolved with the police.

“We would like to thank the public and local businesses for taking extra precautions, we have had many enquires over the last two weeks for additional advice and guidance and we have also been providing information on both our website and social media sites.

“We do not as yet have details of any further action, or if other strike periods are planned, but we remain hopeful that a resolution between the FBU and government will be achieved soon.”

More information

For fire safety advice people can visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/fire or follow the Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service social media accounts: Twitter - @northantsfire or Facebook - www.facebook.com/northantsfire