We coped with strike, says fire service

Chief Fire Officer Martyn Emberson
Chief Fire Officer Martyn Emberson
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Contingency plans put in place during Wednesday’s strike by members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) worked well, Northamptonshire County Council’s fire and rescue service has said.

The four-hour strike was held at stations across England and Wales from 12pm to 4pm as a result of an on-going national dispute with the Government over pensions.

“We had 12 appliances available to respond to emergencies during yesterday’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, which started at approximately 7am.

“However, during the period of strike action we only had a single mobilisation at 2.58pm 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.”