Emergency fire service continued despite strike action

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Humberside Fire Service today thanked staff who continued to provide an emergency response during yesterday’s four hour strike action.

A spokesman said that during the industrial action there were around 50 per cent of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service’s operational resources available to cover the Humberside area.

These resources were supported by seven defensive fire crews, made up of Reserve Fire Crews, who were supervised by fully qualified fire officers.

Richard Hannigan (pictured), Chief Fire Officer at Humberside Fire and Rescue said: “I would like to thank all staff who worked through this period of industrial action, ensuring that we were able to continue to provide an emergency response service to our communities. A special thank you must go to the Reserve Fire Crews for their hard work and commitment in preparation for and during this period of strike action.”

The service attended six incidents during the strike period, two of which were false alarms at business premises in the region, other incidents attended were:

A small motorcycle fire which was dealt with by the small fires unit.

Road traffic collision in the Kingswood area of Hull, no one was injured and the vehicle was made safe by crews.

A pan was left unattended on the hob at a house in Cottingham, no one was injured and the fire was out on the crew’s arrival.

Incident at Lindsey Oil Refinery, upon arrival no action was required by HFRS

CFO Hannigan added: “Our communities have played an important role yesterday; taking care to stay safe helping to keep emergency calls to a minimum, we are grateful for that. I am hopeful that negotiations will now continue so that an agreement can be reached sooner rather than later to avoid further disruption.”