Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BRFS) is satisfied with its back up plans for the strike.
Chief fire officer Paul Fuller said that plans put in place to ensure the service could deal with any emergencies during national strike action by the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) today (Wednesday, September 25) worked.
BFRS implemented contingency plans to ensure that fire crews with fully trained firefighters and officers were on hand in the event of any 999 calls that required an emergency response.
Paul said: “The FBU may have deliberately chosen a relatively quiet time for their strike action, however, it was vital that we had plans in place so that we could still answer emergency 999 calls and respond where a person’s life was at risk.
“Whilst these plans could never be able to match the service’s normal day-to-day cover, I am satisfied with the way that they have worked.”
“Fully trained firefighters and officers who were not on strike enabled us to provide sufficient fire cover for the whole county, supported by colleagues in Fire Control who answered all 999 calls as normal. I’d like to thank them all for their help.”
During the four hour period of strike action from midday to 4pm BFRS responded to three emergency incidents, each of which turned out to be a false alarm.
By 4pm all striking firefighters had returned to work and full operational cover was restored.
Paul also praised and thanked the public for taking extra care during the strike action.