The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) announced today that further periods of industrial action will take place over the Christmas period.
This also includes action short of a strike, following a recent successful ballot of its members, including control staff.
On Christmas Eve, between 7pm and midnight, all firefighter members will strike, while all control members will take part in industrial action short of a strike, by refusing to undertake voluntary overtime.
Between 7pm on Friday December 27, and 7pm on Sunday December 29 all firefighter members will refuse to undertake voluntary overtime.
From 6.30pm on New Year’s Eve, until 12.30am on Wednesday January 1, 2014, firefighters will again strike, as well as between 6.30am and 8.30am on Friday January 3.
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Dene Sanders, said: “The Service continues to be tested by this national dispute but is continually assessing and reviewing its contingency plans so that the best possible service can be delivered to the community at times of strike action.
“We will continue to put on an adequate service during strike action and to achieve this we need to draw on some of our current staff as well as reservists to provide that service, their efforts are very much appreciated.
“We have confidence in our robust plans that will enable us to provide an emergency response service and those plans proved successful during the last period of strike action. However the service will be reduced from what we can ordinarily provide and what the public expect,” DCFO Sanders added.
Strike action from FBU members on Friday and Saturday evening, between 6pm and 10pm, saw 50% of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service’s operational resources available to cover the Humberside area.
They dealt with eleven incidents over the two nights, but none were in Bridlington.
DCFO Sanders continued: “As there will be fewer fire engines available to attend incidents during periods of industrial action it is even more important that people take extra care to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.
“I would urge everyone to ensure their homes have smoke detectors and to test them each week; by having working smoke alarms fitted in your home, you will be alerted quickly should a fire break out. Checking all appliances are turned off and closing all internal doors is a quick and simple task to help make sure a fire doesn’t start when you go to bed. I would also urge drivers to take extra care on the roads and businesses to take extra safety precautions.”
Safety information and updates on the industrial action are available on the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service website at www.humbersidefire.gov.uk