There were no incidents in the Bridlington area during yesterday’s strike period.
Picket lines were set up in Bridlington and across the Humberside Fire and Rescue service area, as firefighters took action over a dispute with government on pensions.
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service had around 50% of their operational resources available to cover the Humberside area.
Richard Hannigan, Chief Fire Officer at Humberside Fire and Rescue said: “I would like to thank all staff who worked through this period of industrial action, ensuring that we were able to continue to provide an emergency response service to our communities. A special thank you must go to the Reserve Fire Crews for their hard work and commitment in preparation for and during this period of strike action.”
The service attended six incidents during the strike period, two of which were false alarms at business premises across the region.
Other incidents attended were:
• A small motorcycle fire which was dealt with by the small fires unit.
• A road traffic collision in the Kingswood area of Hull, no one was injured and the vehicle was made safe by crews.
• A pan was left unattended on the hob at a house in Cottingham, no one was injured and the fire was out on the crew’s arrival.
• An incident at Lindsey Oil Refinery, upon arrival no action was required by the service.
“Our communities have played an important role yesterday; taking care to stay safe helping to keep emergency calls to a minimum, we are grateful for that. I am hopeful that negotiations will now continue so that an agreement can be reached sooner rather than later to avoid further disruption,” CFO Hannigan added.
Commenting on the four-hour strike, which took place between 12 noon and 4pm on Wednesday September 25, Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union General Secretary, said: “This was solidly supported strike action by firefighters across England and Wales. It has demonstrated their anger and their determination.
“This strike was a last resort after the government refused to negotiate - and a warning shot that firefighters are serious about keeping a fair, safe and workable pensions scheme.
“Firefighters across the country are reporting a fantastic response from the public, who seem to understand that the government’s proposals on pensions are ludicrous.
“We haven’t ruled out further industrial action, but let’s hope common sense wins out, public safety is put first and the government comes back open to compromise.”