Firefighters on strike today

SOUTH Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) is urging people to be ‘extra vigilant’ with their safety during today’s industrial action.

The Fire Brigades Union strike will take place between 9am today and 9am tomorrow.

Another seven-hour strike is planned for Saturday June 21, between 10am and 5pm.

Assistant chief fire officer, Rod Hammerton, said: “South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority understand why staff are taking industrial action but we have a duty to do all that we reasonably can to make sure the people and communities of South Wales remain protected”.

“During these periods we urge our communities to be extra vigilant as they go about their business. During strikes we will continue to provide fire cover but it will not be anywhere near the normal levels. The first period of industrial action commencing the 12th June is for a 24 hour period which has the potential to stretch resources even further but the public can be assured life critical incidents will be responded to as a priority”.

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9:45am Thu 12 Jun 14

spanner100 says...

What the devil is wrong with the Government. Even at 55yrs of age most Fireman surely must have a real struggle to keep totally fit to the required level. 60 is so stupid but somewhat typical of the "RICH BOY" , no idea Government leadership. Good luck to all Fireman, who carry out such varied and vitally important work. I would add that I no connection whatsoever with any member of the Fire Brigade,simply a member of the public.
What the devil is wrong with the Government. Even at 55yrs of age most Fireman surely must have a real struggle to keep totally fit to the required level. 60 is so stupid but somewhat typical of the "RICH BOY" , no idea Government leadership. Good luck to all Fireman, who carry out such varied and vitally important work. I would add that I no connection whatsoever with any member of the Fire Brigade,simply a member of the public. spanner100
  • Score: 13

9:50am Thu 12 Jun 14

corpamassive says...

Nobody will notice or even care Im afraid.

I hope they do not use the sumptuous facilities that are provided by the taxpayer whilst they are "on strike".
Nobody will notice or even care Im afraid. I hope they do not use the sumptuous facilities that are provided by the taxpayer whilst they are "on strike". corpamassive
  • Score: -14

10:37am Thu 12 Jun 14

bobbajob says...

Corpamassive, they won't, they won't be on station to answer any emergency calls. Let's hope you don't need them today, because if you do, you WILL notice and care. But, nothing will happen to you, will it?
Corpamassive, they won't, they won't be on station to answer any emergency calls. Let's hope you don't need them today, because if you do, you WILL notice and care. But, nothing will happen to you, will it? bobbajob
  • Score: 10

12:51pm Thu 12 Jun 14

golfer says...

I think they going to get as far as England in the World Cup with this pointless strike ..get back to work and stop this pointless action ..your really not going to gain respect due to this ..
I think they going to get as far as England in the World Cup with this pointless strike ..get back to work and stop this pointless action ..your really not going to gain respect due to this .. golfer
  • Score: -6

2:19pm Thu 12 Jun 14

landyman3030 says...

golfer wrote:
I think they going to get as far as England in the World Cup with this pointless strike ..get back to work and stop this pointless action ..your really not going to gain respect due to this ..
This is your opinion and you are allowed it. Only you and your conscience have to deal with it. This is mine. The job they do every day earns them respect. Standing together sticking up for the firemen who will be affected by this after decades of service earns them my respect further. If the government tried to do to you as the public what they are doing to the firemen of this country you would be up in arms. If more organisations stuck together like this and refused to bow down to utterly ridiculous shenanigans by politicians the country would be better off with more manufacturing and proper jobs. I'll support the firemen all the way to preserve their conditions and i hope you don't need rescuing by a 60 year old fireman one day.
[quote][p][bold]golfer[/bold] wrote: I think they going to get as far as England in the World Cup with this pointless strike ..get back to work and stop this pointless action ..your really not going to gain respect due to this ..[/p][/quote]This is your opinion and you are allowed it. Only you and your conscience have to deal with it. This is mine. The job they do every day earns them respect. Standing together sticking up for the firemen who will be affected by this after decades of service earns them my respect further. If the government tried to do to you as the public what they are doing to the firemen of this country you would be up in arms. If more organisations stuck together like this and refused to bow down to utterly ridiculous shenanigans by politicians the country would be better off with more manufacturing and proper jobs. I'll support the firemen all the way to preserve their conditions and i hope you don't need rescuing by a 60 year old fireman one day. landyman3030
  • Score: 4

3:28pm Thu 12 Jun 14

bobbajob says...

Golfer, can you explain the issues to us please, you seem to know what it's all about ..
Golfer, can you explain the issues to us please, you seem to know what it's all about .. bobbajob
  • Score: 1

7:00pm Thu 12 Jun 14

portman says...

You can't move the goal posts GOV. a contract is a contract if the shoe was on the other foot we wouldn't hear the end of it.........Hypocrite
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You can't move the goal posts GOV. a contract is a contract if the shoe was on the other foot we wouldn't hear the end of it.........Hypocrite s! portman
  • Score: 0

7:41pm Thu 12 Jun 14

MikeO4O8 says...

on strike again?? what for this time?

judging by the 1st post i assume its to do with this retirement age thing.

i totally agree that they should not have to work till the age of 60 or what ever it is.

just allow them to retire at whatever age they want have show them respect for putting their lives on the line in the hope to save someone else no matter who they are or how old they are.
let them retire and GUESS WHAT, there will be a job opening in the fire department for us younger, fitter and unemployed people, this will surely help against the unemployment situation.

i dont agree with them going on strike as this in a way is going against what they do as a job. they are sitting by while houses burn down to the ground and innocent people burn to death.

i remember reading a few years ago when they went on strike, there was a house fire and a family of 5 died with in the house, the closest fire station was about half a mile away but they was on strike and would not attend the scene, instead i think they had to use the army fire trucks which took 5x longer to get there, yet if the firefighters attended at half a mile away they would have surely been saved (that's what it stated in the news) this was in England and not wales.

however i do understand why they are doing it, its just a shame that people wont listen when it comes to talking
on strike again?? what for this time? judging by the 1st post i assume its to do with this retirement age thing. i totally agree that they should not have to work till the age of 60 or what ever it is. just allow them to retire at whatever age they want have show them respect for putting their lives on the line in the hope to save someone else no matter who they are or how old they are. let them retire and GUESS WHAT, there will be a job opening in the fire department for us younger, fitter and unemployed people, this will surely help against the unemployment situation. i dont agree with them going on strike as this in a way is going against what they do as a job. they are sitting by while houses burn down to the ground and innocent people burn to death. i remember reading a few years ago when they went on strike, there was a house fire and a family of 5 died with in the house, the closest fire station was about half a mile away but they was on strike and would not attend the scene, instead i think they had to use the army fire trucks which took 5x longer to get there, yet if the firefighters attended at half a mile away they would have surely been saved (that's what it stated in the news) this was in England and not wales. however i do understand why they are doing it, its just a shame that people wont listen when it comes to talking MikeO4O8
  • Score: 0

9:44pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Jonnytrouble says...

Camer-wrong and Lib demons no best don't they just ?
Camer-wrong and Lib demons no best don't they just ? Jonnytrouble
  • Score: 1

12:53am Fri 13 Jun 14

lights11 says...

They have stated critical calls will be answered. They don't answer calls on station. These boys are fighting for their pensions as well as a ridiculous retirement age! I have had first hand experience of the fire service and praise their amazing service. There is a difference in job roles and personally I think 55 is a suitable age to retire with the original pension these guys sign up to, some as many as 20 years ago.
They have stated critical calls will be answered. They don't answer calls on station. These boys are fighting for their pensions as well as a ridiculous retirement age! I have had first hand experience of the fire service and praise their amazing service. There is a difference in job roles and personally I think 55 is a suitable age to retire with the original pension these guys sign up to, some as many as 20 years ago. lights11
  • Score: 0

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