No calls for stand-in crew
THERE were no call-outs in the borough during a four-hour strike by firefighters last week.
Bosses at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) thanked residents in Bury for taking extra care Fire crews at Bury, Whitefield and Ramsbottom’s stations walked out between noon and 4pm last Wednesday in a row over pensions.
GMFRS recruited and trained an emergency fire crew to provide cover — allowing them to have 28 fire engines available over the four-hour period.
During the industrial action, GMFRS received 11 calls and attended five incidents — describing the period as “an average Wednesday afternoon”.
Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr David Acton: 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 Wed-nesday 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 over the Government’s plan not to release pensions to fire-fighters until they reach the age of 60.
Leaders of the Fire Brigades Union say this could put officers’ lives at risk as they could be tackling serious fires while in their late 50s.
Most firefighters pay almost 13 per cent of their salary in pension contrib-utions with increases due next year.
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