Derbyshire Fire and Rescue will use members of the public as reservist firefighters. The move comes after 78% of firefighters voted to strike against the government's pension scheme.
The fire service says the the reservists were chosen after 'rigorous' tests.
Following Derbyshire Fire and Rescue’s call to recruit members of the public as reservist Firefighter Operatives and Pump Operators/Drivers, the Derbyshire Community showed support and numerous applicants called our recruitment hotline.
Following initial phone screening applicants were invited to take part in rigorous job related tests and interviews. Two groups of people were taken forward from this process to the training courses set for the positions being recruited to.
The first group have completed their training with the second group currently on a day three of a 9 day course.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have plans in place to ensure that we continue to provide an emergency response within the County.
We accept that any planned industrial action will impact on our ability to deliver business as usual, but we are confident that the implementation of our plans will enable us to continue to answer 999 calls and to respond to incidents as quickly as possible.
We would continue to remind people to take care when going about their daily business.
– Dave Ramscar, Chief fire officer at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue
This Government does not believe that industrial action is necessary. The pension on offer to firefighters is one of the most generous in the public sector.
After two years of discussions and improved terms firefighters will still get one of the most generous public service pensions – £26,000 a year, when including the £7,000 state pension. Someone in the private sector would have to contribute twice as much to get the same pension.
All 46 fire and rescue authorities in England have robust contingency plans.
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service can confirm that it has now received confirmation of the strike ballot result. The majority of FBU members, who have voted, have done so in favour of strike action.
We now expect the FBU to contact us in the near future to give notice of intended days of discontinuous strike action when it has been determined.
– Steve Lunn, Assistant Chief Fire and Rescue Officer
Firefighters have voted in favour of strike action in response to government pension scheme plans.
We cannot expect large numbers of firefighters in their late-50s to fight fires and rescue families without creating danger to the public and firefighters.
We have repeatedly raised safety concerns and provided strong evidence to back it up but the government just isn’t listening.
This result is a clear indication of the anger felt by firefighters. It’s still not too late for common sense to prevail if the government are willing to return to the negotiating table. None of us want a strike, but we cannot compromise on public and firefighter safety.