Fire Brigades Union sets dates for further industrial action

The Fire Brigades Union has announced details of further industrial action in relation to its national dispute over pensions with central Government.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will hold strike action on Friday, November 1, from 6.30pm to 11pm, and Monday, November 4, from 6am until 8am.

Chief Fire Officer Tom Capeling, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “In the case of industrial action, the Fire Authority and I have a legal duty to provide a fire and rescue service as far as is reasonably practicable.

“As with all fire and rescue services, military support and the green goddesses are no longer an option to us in carrying out our duty to protect the public.

“The Service has plans in place to offer a limited response service during industrial action. These plans have been in place for a number of years and we put them into action during the initial period of industrial action by the FBU on September 25.

“They are based on a reduced number of appliances, strategically placed across Tyne and Wear according to risk and the ability to maintain the best speed of response.

“As ever, our appliances are available to attend incidents across the whole of Tyne and Wear and their attendance at incidents will be prioritised according to the risk to life and property.

“Trained fire service officers and staff we have recruited and trained in recent weeks will drive and staff a number of our appliances. This includes recently retired firefighters and staff the Service has temporarily recruited who were successful during our last recruitment campaign process but for whom there were no vacancies at the time. It also includes former military and specialist personnel.

“This plan is not designed to replicate the excellent service our firefighters provide every day of the week; however it is designed to provide a core operational service in the event of industrial action. We hope that talks between the two parties will continue and that the industrial action can still be avoided.

“We would like to ask the public to take extra care with fire safety during the period of strike action and to ensure they have working smoke alarms on each level of their property and that they check them. We want to ensure residents have an escape plan and that everyone in the house knows what to do in the event of a fire.

“We would encourage businesses and organisations to ensure their fire risk assessment is up to date and that their staff know what to do in the event of a fire at work. We are working with partner organisations to help promote fire safety to residents, especially amongst people who are more vulnerable to having a fire.”

Following the period of industrial action Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will operate as normal.

Chief Fire Officer Tom Capeling, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “In the case of industrial action, the Fire Authority and I have a legal duty to provide a fire and rescue service as far as is reasonably practicable.

“As with all fire and rescue services, military support and the green goddesses are no longer an option to us in carrying out our duty to protect the public.

“The Service has plans in place to offer a limited response service during industrial action. These plans have been in place for a number of years and we put them into action during the initial period of industrial action by the FBU on September 25.

“They are based on a reduced number of appliances, strategically placed across Tyne and Wear according to risk and the ability to maintain the best speed of response.

“As ever, our appliances are available to attend incidents across the whole of Tyne and Wear and their attendance at incidents will be prioritised according to the risk to life and property.

“Trained fire service officers and staff we have recruited and trained in recent weeks will drive and staff a number of our appliances. This includes recently retired firefighters and staff the Service has temporarily recruited who were successful during our last recruitment campaign process but for whom there were no vacancies at the time. It also includes former military and specialist personnel.

“This plan is not designed to replicate the excellent service our firefighters provide every day of the week; however it is designed to provide a core operational service in the event of industrial action. We hope that talks between the two parties will continue and that the industrial action can still be avoided.

“We would like to ask the public to take extra care with fire safety during the period of strike action and to ensure they have working smoke alarms on each level of their property and that they check them. We want to ensure residents have an escape plan and that everyone in the house knows what to do in the event of a fire.

“We would encourage businesses and organisations to ensure their fire risk assessment is up to date and that their staff know what to do in the event of a fire at work. We are working with partner organisations to help promote fire safety to residents, especially amongst people who are more vulnerable to having a fire.”

Following the period of industrial action Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will operate as normal.