Fire service thanks people of Bury after there were no incidents during strike (From This Is Lancashire)
Fire service thanks people of Bury after there were no incidents during strike
GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has thanked people in Bury after there were no incidents in the borough during yesterday’s strike action.
Firefighters at Bury, Whitefield and Ramsbottom’s stations walked out between noon and 4pm yesterday in a row over pensions.
The fire service recruited and trained an emergency fire crew to provide cover – allowing them to have 28 fire engines available over the four-hour period.
It has also been promoting fire and road safety messages and encouraging the public to take extra care in a bid to reduce the number of incidents.
During the strike, the fire service received 11 calls and attended five incidents – describing the period as “an average Wednesday afternoon”.
Cllr David Acton, chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “We’d like to thank the public of Greater Manchester for their vigilance leading up to and during the industrial action.
“By all accounts is was an average Wednesday afternoon in terms of calls and incidents – last Wednesday we received 12 calls and the previous Wednesday we received 13.
“We hope people will continue to be vigilant and take extra care, as fire safety and road safety are just as important every day of the year.”
The strike was part of a national dispute and comes after almost 80 per cent of Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members voted in favour of action earlier this month.
Under government changes, pensions will be released to firefighters when they reach the age of 60 and the FBU claims this could risk the lives of officers.
Most firefighters already pay almost 13 per cent of their salary in pension contributions — some of the highest in the UK — with further increases due next year.
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