Back-up fire crews act on emergencies during strike, with more to come next week

Firefighters strike outside Hemel Hempstead's Queensway station. November 13, 2013

Firefighters strike outside Hemel Hempstead's Queensway station. November 13, 2013


A total of 36 emergency calls were made during yesterday’s nine-hour strike by firefighters and public sector workers.

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service resilience crews attended 12 incidents during the walkout period, which was covered by nine whole time crews and three retained fire crews.

Incidents attended across the county included two road collisions where someone was trapped, a kitchen fire and a car fire, while incidents such as automatic fire alarms, a car with a wheel stuck in a ditch and a water leak were not attended.

Chief fire officer Roy Wilsher said: “The contingency arrangements are not a replacement fire service so I am pleased with how well the plans that were put in place have stood up.

“I’d like to thank our contingency crews for their excellent commitment and in advance of their work in the coming days.”

This bout of industrial action was the 15th campaign by firefighters, who have also announced intention to strike across eight consecutive days from Monday until the following Monday, July 21, encompassing 15 two-hour strikes.

Yesterday’s strike lasted between 10am and 7pm and was also undertaken by Unison union members of Dacorum Borough Council, Three Rivers District Council and Herts County Council.

At borough council level, around 180 Dacorum staff out of a total of 730 took part in the strike, including all of the authority’s waste collectors.




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