Firefighters set for second day of action

Further industrial action will take place this weekend by members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) over a pension dispute.

The strike will take place on Saturday between 6.30pm and 11.30pm.

Chief fire officer Tom Capeling, of 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.”