– Steve Lunn, Assistant Chief Fire and Rescue Officer
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.
Firefighters have voted in favour of strike action in response to government pension scheme plans.
– Matt Wrack, FBU General Secretary
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.
Firefighters have voted to strike against the government’s pension scheme. 78% voted in favour of national strike action in ballot results released today.
FBU members decided to ballot after almost two years of negotiations when the government set a 12 July deadline for their proposals to be accepted.
FBU members have voted by 78% for strike action over pension rights. Now the government/s need to negotiate.
Results of a ballot are due to be revealed today, which will decide whether firefighters in Derbyshire will strike over their pensions.
If the Fire Brigades Union vote comes back in favour of the strike, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service say they will look to use trained members of the public to tackle emergencies instead.
The service says they are in a difficult position, and will do what they can to fulfil their obligation to provide an emergency response.
Campaigners against the move to use reserve firefighters say the move is ‘irresponsible’ and a risk to the public.
An 80-year-old man has died following a house fire on Saturday morning in Allenton, Derby.
The man was believed to have been cooking when loose clothing caught fire. He was taken to the Derby Royal Hospital, but later died from his injuries.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service advise people to wear appropriate clothing when cooking at a hob or a barbecue.
Derbyshire firefighters have taken delivery of two new training vehicles, built by engineering students from the University of Derby.
The modified car and lorry will help to train rescue workers to cut casualties out of vehicles, as well as how to deal with airbags, which can be a hindrance when treating casualties in vehicles. Callum Watkinson reports.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue received a number of calls around 3.30pm today after reports of an explosion at a disused Thornton's factory in Belper.
People were reported to be inside the building at the time of the explosion but everyone is accounted for.
Fire crews are now damping down and the fire is under control.
A cleanup operation is underway at the St Anselm's school in Bakewell which was damaged by fire over the weekend.
Six fire crews tackled a blaze in the sports on Saturday night. The school is due to reopen tomorrow as normal.