FBU vote for strike action

The Fire Brigades Union has voted in favour of strike action, which could see emergencies in Derbyshire tackled by trained members of the public.

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Fire service to use members of public as firefighters

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.

– Derbyshire and Fire Rescue statement

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