London firefighter strike ends

A strike by firefighters has ended. London Fire Brigade dealt with 84 calls during the industrial action.

Total of 84 calls to London Fire Brigade during strike

  • During today's strike the London Fire Brigade received eighty four 999 calls
  • Emergency Fire Contingency Crews dealt with eight incidents in the capital
  • Emergency cover was provided from 13 strategic locations by 27 fire engines and around 200 EFCC staff

Source: London Fire Brigade

I'd like to thank the contingency crews for the professional way in which they have delivered the emergency cover and also the police and ambulance services for their assistance today.

I'm also grateful to Londoners for playing their part and taking on board our advice to take extra care during the strike.

While I am pleased that our contingency service has proved itself today I hope the pensions dispute between the FBU and the Government can be resolved without further industrial action so that they are not needed again.

– Ron Dobson, London Fire Commissioner

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Signs of support at Euston for striking firefighters

At Euston fire station drivers in lorries, cars and taxis sounded their horns in support of the firefighters. The union's own fire engine was driven onto the station forecourt, with Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire song blaring from a loudspeaker:

We have been receiving a lot of public support today at picket lines across London.

There is solid support for the strike - but it is a sad day in some respects because firefighters don't want to be on strike.

– Paul Embury, regional official of the FBU

Fire contingency during walkout

A fire brigade unit in 2010
A fire brigade unit in 2010 Credit: Max Nash/PA Wire

London Fire Brigade is reassuring Londoners that it will be responding to 999 calls throughout the four hour strike today.

The Brigade has plans in place to provide a contingency level of emergency cover across the capital during the walkout.

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Fire Brigade to respond to emergencies during strike

During the strike firefighters will attend:

  • Serious fires, such as those in Londoners' homes
  • Fires that involve gas cylinders or hazardous substances
  • Explosions
  • Vehicle & boat fires
  • Fires at railway stations and rail and road tunnels
  • Fires involving people in underground tunnels
  • Aircraft or train crashes
  • Road traffic collisions
  • Collapsed structures

Source: London Fire Brigade

Fire crews 'to attend emergencies' during strike

Ahead of tomorrow's national Fire Brigades Union strike, the London Fire Brigade says it will still respond to 999 calls throughout the four hour walk-out.

The Brigade has plans in place to provide a contingency level of emergency cover
The Brigade has plans in place to provide a contingency level of emergency cover Credit: Press Association

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said the contingency plans were "tried and tested" during industrial action taken by the Fire Brigades' Union in October and November 2010. He added:

"We will still attend emergencies but the contingency service is not intended to match the Brigade's normal day to day cover so it is important that people take extra care, have working smoke alarms and take fire safety seriously."