Three Bradford fires during strikes by firefighters

First published in News

FIRE chiefs reported no major incidents during the latest two strike periods by the FBU today (Wed).

Fire Brigades Union members were on strike over proposed changes to their pensions between 6 am and 8 am then again from 5 pm until 7 pm as part of a national dispute.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service dealt with 13 incidents during both periods, including three fires in the open in Bradford.

The brigade had 22 fire engines available for emergencies during the morning and 21 in the afternoon, compared to a normal fleet of 54 vehicles. The contingency fleet was staffed by non-FBU members and stand-in crews recruited and trained for the dispute.

Similar strikes are being held on eight successive days, which started on Monday.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said: “We have almost reached the mid-point in this eight day strike period and would ask people to bear with us and remain vigilant in their day to day lives. This will reduce the need to call on our limited resources.”

More strikes are expected during the same hours tomorrow (Thurs).

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