Non-strike firefighters responded to 999 calls in Milton Keynes


“Every call that needed an emergency response received one”, says the city’s top fire chief as the service reflects on its longest strike over pensions to date.

Firefighters across the UK held 16 three-hour strikes between Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 17, but in Milton Keynes crews were striking for entire eight-hour shifts.

That’s because the city’s fire authority banned “partial payments” – stopping firefighters being paid if they chose to complete their shift.

During this time Bucks Fire Service attended 130 incidents ranging from property fires, road traffic collisions, small fires in the open, other special service incidents – 40 of which were false alarms.

Mark Jones, Chief Fire Officer, said: “Our robust contingency arrangements, using staff who did not take strike action, enabled us to respond to emergency calls all week, whenever assistance was required.

“Every call that needed an emergency response received one and was resolved safely. Local communities also played their part by taking extra care and reducing the number of call-outs.

“All calls received an appropriate response from competent, professional firefighters and officers, and all were resolved skillfully and safely.

“We would like to thank the staff who enabled us to provide non-stop cover during these periods of industrial action, and the public for their vigilance.”