Nottighamshire’s fire chief has said the brigade coped with limited resources during a 24-hour walkout by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) which finished this morning.
The service, made up of specially recruited contingency crews along with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescuer Service firefighters, responded to 26 incidents during strike action between 9am on Thursday and 9am today.
They included 14 fires, two road traffic collisions, three false alarms and two automated fire alarms.
Chief Fire Officer John Buckley said: “This was the longest period of industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union in this current dispute.
“The number of incidents experienced was in line with what we would expect at this time of year, and thankfully none of them was of major significance.
My thanks go to the people of Nottinghamshire for following our safety advice and helping to keep themselves safe, and incidents to a minimum.
“However, the situation is not ideal and we are currently in the process of recruiting additional people to boost our contingency crews to ensure we remain resilient should this industrial action continue.”
Chief Fire Officer Buckley he sincerely hoped that the parties involved could resume the necessary negotiations as soon as possible, and bring the dispute to an end.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union have scheduled a further period of industrial action between 10am–5pm on Saturday 21st June.