Brigade: 'Strike had no impact on response to flat blaze'

London Fire Brigade has said that investigations into a death following fire in Hornsey last night indicate its response to the blaze was not impacted by last night's firefighter strike.

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Brigade: 'Strike had no impact on response to flat blaze'

London Fire Brigade has said that investigations into a death following fire in Hornsey last night indicate its response to the blaze was not impacted by last night's firefighter strike.

Based on early investigations into this death, it is not believed that the strike made any difference to the outcome.

It does not appear that neither the contingency fire crews, nor LFB's own crews had they not bee non strike, would have reached him in time and have successfully rescued him.

– London Fire Brigade spokesperson

The four hour strike was staged by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) between 6pm and 10pm, the sixth period of industrial action staged by the FBU.

Over the four hour period the Brigade’s 999 control officers received 88 calls including:

  • six dwelling fires, including a fire in a flat above a shop on Fencepiece Road in Ilford and a first floor flat in Millwall
  • two building fires
  • two calls to people shut in lifts, one of whom had been released before crews had arrived
  • four false alarms

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The London Brigade has urged people to buy takeaway food during the strike if they had been drinking at Christmas events to reduce the threat of kitchen fires.

PA. 17928713 Firefighters strike Members of the Fire Brigades Union approach the gates to Downing Street, London in October. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

FBU members have now taken strike action five times in recent months in protest at changes to pensions and their retirement age, which the union argues threatens older firefighters with losing their jobs or having reduced pensions.

The union said firefighters in their late 50s face the prospect of being sacked or seeing their pension reduced by almost half.

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Firefighters to strike for second time in two days

Firefighters in England and Wales will strike for the second time in two days as part of their long-running row with the Government over pensions.

Firefighters are to strike again. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will mount picket lines from 6pm to 10pm - with the threat of further action in the new year.It comes just hours after a similar strike ended at 10pm last night.

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