Firefighters called out to five fires and five false alarms during 24-hour strike


Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to thank the public for their vigilance during the Fire Brigades Union’s 24-hour strike, which ended at 9am.

It was held as part of the union’s protest against the Government’s plans for pension reform.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service has plans which enable it to continue to provide cover in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes during these periods of industrial action.

During the strike period, firefighters attended 11 incidents, compared with daily average of about 17 so far this calendar year.

The incidents attended were five fires (a kitchen fire, a car fire and three fires outdoors), a child locked in a car and five false alarms.

Chief Operating Officer Jason Thelwell said: “The public have played their part admirably by taking note of safety advice. We would like to thank everyone in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes for their vigilance.

“It’s worth remembering that fire safety and road safety advice is good practice every day of the year, and not just during periods of industrial action.

“We will continue to provide what we hope is timely and helpful advice as we work together to make Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes the safest places in England in which to live, work and travel.”