Lincolnshire firefighters called to six incidents during strike
Non-striking firefighters were called out to six incidents across Lincolnshire during industrial action yesterday.
Up to 150 members of the Fire Brigades Union downed tools between midday and 4pm during a national walkout over pensions.
In that time, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue attended two medical co-responder incidents with EMAS, one road crash, one alarm, and chip pan fires in Skegness and Sleaford.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue spokesman Becky Allen said: “Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue continued to provide an emergency response during industrial action after implementing business continuity plans.
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“We responded to a total of six incidents and all incidents were responded to in the normal timeframe and to the same high standards as normal.”
Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union General Secretary, said the strike was solidly supported strike action by firefighters across England and Wales.
“It has demonstrated their anger and their determination,” he said.
"This strike was a last resort after the government refused to negotiate - and a warning shot that firefighters are serious about keeping a fair, safe and workable pensions scheme.
"Firefighters across the country are reporting a fantastic response from the public, who seem to understand that the government's proposals on pensions are ludicrous.
"We haven't ruled out further industrial action, but let's hope common sense wins out, public safety is put first and the government comes back open to compromise."
The Government wants to raise the normal retirement age from 55 to 60 for all firefighters.
But the union fears mass sackings as firefighters fail fitness tests as they get older and lose some of their pension.
Members say they wish to protect the professional service taxpayers pay for and receive a fair pension upon retirement.