James Courtney, the Chief Fire Officer for South Yorkshire says he has sympathy for his workers who went on strike today, despite his service having to use volunteer staff to cover the four hours of the walk out.
South Yorkshire's Chief Fire Officer says he is relieved that there were no serious incidents after the service was weakened by a 4-hour strike. South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue had only 8 of the usual 21 fire engines in operation during the walk out by members of the Fire Brigades Union.
James Courtney has told ITV Calendar that he has sympathy for his staff in their fight over pensions, but that it was essential to bring in volunteers to provide cover during the strike.
Humberside fire service say they dealt with six incidents during the walkout today. None of them were serious.
North Yorkshire fire service say they were called out five times during the four hour strike today.
South Yorkshire fire and rescue service say they have responded to four call outs during the strike today. They were reduced to having only eight fire engines available - down from their usual number of twenty-one.
Fire crews in Lincolnshire have dealt with six incidents during this afternoon's industrial action. None of these were deemed serious.