Lincs: Fire service called to 15 incidents during strike action

Firefighters were among thousands of people who took part in a day of strike action yesterday by public service unions.

Local government members of Unison, GMB, Unite, Fire Brigades Union and the National Union of Teachers took part in the national strike between 7am and 7pm yesterday (Thursday 10th July).

Gainsborough fire station

Gainsborough fire station

The reasons for the industrial action are varied across the respective unions, but includes dispute over pay, pensions and workload.

During the strike Lincs Fire and Rescue were called to 15 incidents across the county.

Further strike action is planned throughout July by the fire service.

This will start on Monday 14th July and will go on until Monday 22nd July.

There will generally be two hours of strike action each day between 6am and 8am and 5pm to 7pm each day, apart from Friday 18th July, when the later action will be from 11pm to 1am.

On Saturday, 19th July, the strike periods will be between 11am and 1pm and then again from 11pm to 1am.

On Sunday, 20th July, there will be just one period of strike action from 5pm to 7pm.

Matt Wrack, of the FBU, said: “Shorter strike periods have illustrated the strength of feeling amongst firefighters whilst limiting disruption to the fire service, the public and our members’ working lives.”

But Fire Minister Brandon Lewis MP said the union kept ‘disrupting a taxpayer-funded service with unnecessary industrial action’.

As in previous strike periods, the FBU has urged members of the public to stay safe but if they do have a 999 emergency situation, the fire service will respond.

Dave Ramscar, Chief Fire Officer at Lincs Fire and Rescue, said: “Lincs Fire and Rescue has plans in place to ensure that we continue to provide an emergency response within the county.”

“We accept that any planned industrial action will impact on our ability to deliver business as usual, but we are confident that the implementation of our plans will enable us to continue to answer 999 calls and to respond to incidents as quickly as possible.”

“We continue to remind people to take care when going about their daily business, and that there is further safety advice available on our website and on Twitter @lincsfirerescue.”