London Fire Brigade

End of four hour firefighter strike

25 September 2013

During today’s four hour firefighter strike the London Fire Brigade received eighty four 999 calls and Emergency Fire Contingency Crews (EFCC) attended eight  incidents in the capital.

Incidents attended included three fires, three road traffic collisions, and two false alarms.

Emergency cover was provided from 13 strategic locations by 27 fire engines and around 200 EFCC staff.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said “I’m pleased that our plans to provide a contingency fire and rescue service in the capital worked well. I’d like to thank the contingency crews for the professional way in which they have delivered the emergency cover and also the police and ambulance services for their assistance today.

“I’m also grateful to Londoners for playing their part and taking on board our advice to take extra care during the strike.

“While I am pleased that our contingency service has proved itself today I hope the pensions dispute between the FBU and the Government can be resolved without further industrial action so that they are not needed again.”

Today’s strike, the first national firefighter strike in over a decade, relates to a dispute between the FBU and government over the Government’s reforms to the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme.