Firefighters are due to go on strike again this morning in a row over pensions. Following on from Friday night's industrial action, members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out between 6 and 8 o'clock this morning. It's the second strike in four days.
A stand-by crew in Wiltshire attended one call while firefighters were on strike last night. A crew in Swindon were called to a false alarm where a plug socket had over heated. 103 firefighters were on duty across the area last night while 148 were on strike.
“Given that there were concerns that Bonfire Night celebrations may present a greater risk tonight, I am very pleased that we had such a quiet time. My thanks go to the communities of Wiltshire and Swindon, who took extra care and kept themselves safe. I am also grateful to those on-call firefighters whose support meant we could maintain fire cover across the county.”
We are now looking ahead to the next strike, due to take place between 6am and 8am on Monday morning, when we should have similar arrangements in place to protect local people. The greatest risk will be on the roads, especially given the autumnal conditions and reduced visibility, and we would urge everyone to be extra careful when driving – it’s better to arrive a few minutes late than not to arrive at all.”