The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced that firefighters in England and Wales will join hundreds of thousands of other public sector workers taking strike action (started on Thursday 10 July).

It is the long-running dispute over firefighters’ pensions that will see a further day of strikes at the same time as a walk out by local government workers, teachers and civil servants over a range of issues, including attacks on pay and pensions and workloads.

The strike will have lasted between 10am and 7pm on the 10th July and will be the fifteenth in the FBU’s campaign.

Further Strike Dates added
The FBU have also announced further strikes week commencing the 14th July which will last for 8 consecutive days.
Strike dates and times are listed as follows:

Thursday 10 July 10.00-19.00
Monday 14 July 06.00-08.00 and 17.00-19.00
Tuesday 15 July 06.00-08.00 and 17.00-19.00
Wednesday 16 July 06.00-08.00 and 17.00-19.00
Thursday 17 July 06.00-08.00 and 17.00-19.00
Friday 18 July 06.00-08.00 and 23.00-01.00 on Saturday 19 July
Saturday 19 July 11.00-13.00 and 23.00-01:00 on Sunday 20 July
Sunday 20 July 17.00-19.00
Monday 21 July 06.00-08.00 and 17.00-19.00

Industrial action has been announced by the Fire Brigades Union.  It is seen that the timing is intended to cause disruption to brigades in arranging cover, whilst being at a time of low demand to preserve public safety.

The Fire Brigade contingencies to deal with this include:

  • cover by either private contractors or internally trained volunteers with training from the extremely basic through to full firefighter initial training, as little as 10-25% of normally available appliances will be running in some brigades
  • there will be no lift rescues
  • there will be no animal rescues
  • there will be no response to automatic fire alarms, a confirmed fire call from site will be required
  • the military are not being used except in the event of a major incident when specialist teams may be deployed

There is likely to be no increased life risk during this time as legislation is in place to protect occupants and ensure their escape without resort to external assistance.  It is advisable that from a property protection point of view additional controls are taken, these may include the suspension of hot works, increasing fire patrols, increasing waste collections, etc.

Information taken from the FBU website