December 11 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The London Fire Brigade says it is ready and prepared to respond with a contingency level of fire and rescue service after an announcement strike action will take place next week.
The Fire Brigades Union said today firefighters in the capital will be taking part in national four-hour walk out on Wednesday, September 25 in a row over pensions.
London Fire Commissioner, Ron Dobson, said: “It is very unfortunate that we are in another period of industrial action, but we are prepared and our contingency fire service is ready to operate on the strike date which has been announced.
“Last month we temporarily removed 27 fire engines from stations across London. These will now be used by contingency crews to provide a level of fire cover for the capital.
“During a strike, our advice to the public is to take extra care to prevent fires from starting. Simple steps such as keeping a really close eye on cooking and making sure cigarettes are disposed of properly can make all the difference.”
The brigade said the 27 engines came from two appliance stations, meaning in the lead up to the strike all of London’s fire stations are available to provide a response to emergency incidents.
During the strike they will be deployed at strategic locations across London, and will be used to provide fire cover for the capital.
A spokesman said: “The contingency fire service is provided by a contractor and is not intended to replicate the Brigade’s normal operational cover arrangements.
“The contractor will provide basic firefighting and some rescue work. The normal initial attendance to incidents will be one fire engine.”
The fire service will be issuing further fire safety advice in the lead up to the FBU’s strike action, which is the first national firefighter strike in more than a decade.
Matt Wrack, the union’s general secretary, said his members did not want to walk out, but could not ‘compromise on public and firefighter safety’.
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