Fire bosses upbeat about service as strike goes on

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) strike.'Photo by: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) strike.'Photo by: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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Half way through the four day firefighter’s strike, Lancashire fire bosses say they are “cautiously pleased” that contingency plans are working.

Members of The Fire Brigades Union throughout England have been on strike since 6pm on Friday, and finish their walk out at 6pm tomorrow in a row with the Government over pensions.

Cover for Lancashire has been at less than half what it would normally be, with resilience crews responding to two major incidents over the weekend as well as several smaller fires.

At 3.40am on Saturday, five fire engines were needed when a serious fire broke out at a three-storey house in Haslingden, and five hours later, crews were called to Singleton Avenue in St Anne’s when a lorry crashed into the front of a shop.

John Taylor, spokesman for Lancashire Fire and RescueService, said: “It seems to be working ok, but it’s not over yet.

“We’ve had serious incidents in St Anne’s and in Haslingden, but there have been no casualties and we are grateful for that.

“We are also mindful that incidents can crop up at a moments notice and everything can change.”

Mr Taylor said all incidents over the weekend have been dealt with without any need for strike breaking from FBU members, though the union has agreed that they would make a judgement on whether to attend any life-threatening incidents.

Mr Taylor added: “All firefighters in Lancashire whether resilience teams or not have behaved very professionally.

“We would also like thank the public for taking on board our take extra care messages, and the media for getting those across.”