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No emergencies reported during Bucks fire strike
FIREFIGHTERS in Bucks were called out only twice during yesterday’s strike action, with no major emergencies reported.
Fire chiefs have thanked the public for their vigilance during the four-hour walkout, with both call-outs resulting in false alarms.
Bucks Fire and Rescue men and women arrived to picket outside fire stations across the county between 12 and 4pm.
A crowd of firemen and women gathered outside Wycombe Fire Station to add their voices to the protest.
The industrial action was taken over a new pension proposal from central government, which union bosses dismissed as "unsafe, unfair and unworkable".
The new deal would require firefighters to work until they are 60 to receive a full pension, something workers and unions claim is unfair on grounds of fitness and safety.
Yesterday’s strike period was covered by a skeleton staff of non-union members and firefighters who decided not to follow their union colleagues in walking out.
Luckily, the two incidents responded to during the four hour window turned out to be fire alarms activated in error.
And a call from someone who locked their children in a car in a supermarket car park did not require a crew as the caller managed to gain access to the vehicle.
Chief Operating Officer Jason Thelwell said: “We were able to provide the same level of cover today as on a normal day, and your vigilance led to a significantly reduced demand for our services.
“Fire safety and road safety messages don’t just apply during a strike – they are sound advice all year round, so we hope everyone will continue to follow our common-sense advice and reduce the risk of being involved in an emergency.”
On Tuesday, Bucks Fire and Rescue entered into an agreement allowing striking workers to volunteer to return to work in the case of a major emergency.
But their services were not required, and union members returned to work as normal from 4pm.
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