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Fourth firefighters' strike

Firefighters across Wales have staged a fourth strike in an ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions.

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Welsh fire services back to normal

Fire services in Wales have returned to normal service following a two hour strike earlier this morning over proposed changes to pensions.

Chief Fire Officer Simon Smith reported that North Wales Fire and Rescue Service had managed its services effectively during the strike action.

“There was obviously a reduction in the resources that we had at our disposal, our business continuity plans were put into operation effectively and as soon as the strike period came to an end we were able to ensure a quick and safe return to normal services.

“I would again take this opportunity to thank the public for their cooperation and for heeding our safety messages - our attendance was not required at any incidents during the two hour period.

Although this strike is over, it is as yet unclear whether there will be further industrial action by firefighters so I would remind people that attention to fire safety and road safety remains of paramount importance."

– Chief Fire Officer Simon Smith

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