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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Two call-outs as Cumbria firefighters strike over pensions

CUMBRIA Fire and Rescue Service responded to two incidents during the latest wave of industrial action between 10am and 2pm yesterday.

A fire engine from Barrow and another from Ulverston attended reports of a house fire at West Shore, Walney. The incident was a false alarm.

Firefighters were also mobilised to a large goods vehicle fire on the M6 attended by two fire engines from Carlisle and one from Penrith.

Around 95 of Cumbria’s 600 operational firefighters took part in the industrial action called by the Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) in response to an ongoing dispute between the FBU and the government over pensions.

During today’s strike CFRS had 37 fire engines, plus a major rescue vehicle available for action.

Cumbria’s Chief Fire Officer Ian Cartwright said: “Today’s industrial action passed off without any major incidents and our contingency plans ensured an appropriate emergency response was available when needed.

“Again, the people of Cumbria have been a great help by minimising the risks of fire and traffic collisions and avoiding making unnecessary 999 calls.”

Have your say

Credit for fighting to the end but accept its about time you changed. Retiring at 50? Best pension by a country mile in the public sector? Far less dangerous job than the last generation of firefighters?
What sympathy you had has all but gone.
Accept you have to change - you'll lose the small public support you have if you carry on.
You're not untouchable.

Posted by Fred on 13 November 2013 at 20:50

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