Fire crews train volunteers

Fire services across the country are training volunteers to provide essential back-up in case planned national strike action goes ahead

Live updates

"We have to put into place our contingency plan"

Fire brigades in the region are training members of the public to cover fire fighters in case a national strike goes ahead.

Some of those who have volunteered are having intensive training this week, with hundreds having applied for the positions in Middlesbrough.

Members of the Fire Brigade Union have voted in favour of a strike in a row with the government over their pensions.

Advertisement

Cleveland Fire train volunteers ahead of strike

Cleveland Fire Brigade is among the services that are training volunteers in case planned strike action goes ahead.

Fire Brigade Union (FBU) members have voted to take action within the next month in a row with the Government over proposals to review the current pension scheme. If the strike happens, it would be the first time fire services have taken nationwide industrial action for more than a decade.

Cleveland is one of the services that is training auxiliary firefighters to provide cover for officers that go on strike.

Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: "Because here 95% of the operational workforce are in the FBU, I've got to expect they will all follow the strike call and not be available for duty.

"Consequently I went out a month ago into the community and asked for volunteers to be trained as auxiliary firefighters for defensive training."

Fire services train volunteers ahead of planned strike

Fire services across the country will go on strike some time over the next six weeks Credit: ITV

Volunteer members of the public are being trained to cover for firefighters ahead of planned strike action.

It follows a row over Government proposals to review the current pension scheme. Fire Brigade Union (FBU) members have voted to take action within the next month, in what would be the first national strike of firefighters for more than 10 years.

Some of the new auxiliary firefighters are being trained by Cleveland Fire Brigade.

Back to top