Fire crews plan two more strikes

Firefighters are taking further industrial action in a national dispute over pensions with the government.

Members of the Fire Brigades’ Union will strike on Friday, December 13, and the following day between 6pm and 10pm on both days.

Senior officials at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service say there will be cover in place during the strikes.

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.

“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 periods of industrial action by the FBU on September 25, November 1, 4 and 13.

“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.

“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.”

The service has information on how people and businesses can stay safe from fire on its website at

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