Public urged to be vigilant during fire strike

First published in Gwent news

RESIDENTS are being urged to be vigilant with safety today during industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union.

Members of the union are due to strike for the 14th time over Government proposals for their pensions between 10am and 5pm.

The South Wales Fire and Rescue Service 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 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, but the public can be assured life critical incidents will be responded to as a priority.”

Auxiliary Reserve Units will deal with the vast majority of the calls the service usually receives during this period. However this is a significant reduction from its usual levels o cover and the service will need to carefully deploy the units to where life is most at risk.

Mr Hammerton added: “The way for the public to stay safe is avoid having an accident in the first place and to take their own precautions.”

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8:25am Sat 21 Jun 14

charlie, newport says...

Dear SW Argus, please would you run a story explaining why the firefighters are striking? This is a genuine query - no hidden agenda and not being sarcastic, would just like to understand why. Thanks
Dear SW Argus, please would you run a story explaining why the firefighters are striking? This is a genuine query - no hidden agenda and not being sarcastic, would just like to understand why. Thanks charlie, newport
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10:38am Sat 21 Jun 14

golfer says...

Let me know if they gain anything from the pointless strike ..they just lose respect ..be thankful for jobs in this age ..all jobs are tough to hold on to so asking for more is difficult ..and who recently have got any joy from strike action ...
Let me know if they gain anything from the pointless strike ..they just lose respect ..be thankful for jobs in this age ..all jobs are tough to hold on to so asking for more is difficult ..and who recently have got any joy from strike action ... golfer
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11:08pm Sun 22 Jun 14

landyman3030 says...

golfer wrote:
Let me know if they gain anything from the pointless strike ..they just lose respect ..be thankful for jobs in this age ..all jobs are tough to hold on to so asking for more is difficult ..and who recently have got any joy from strike action ...
How is it pointless to stand for your rights of employment? To safeguard you and your colleagues from losing everything you have worked decades for because of failing fitness tests in your late fifties. These brave people only gather my respect because they are willing to stand up to a bullying government and fight for their rights. I hope it's not one of your own that the fire fighter can't save from the burning building in time because he isn't fit enough because the government say he must be frontline untill he is 60.
Shame on you for this post.
[quote][p][bold]golfer[/bold] wrote: Let me know if they gain anything from the pointless strike ..they just lose respect ..be thankful for jobs in this age ..all jobs are tough to hold on to so asking for more is difficult ..and who recently have got any joy from strike action ...[/p][/quote]How is it pointless to stand for your rights of employment? To safeguard you and your colleagues from losing everything you have worked decades for because of failing fitness tests in your late fifties. These brave people only gather my respect because they are willing to stand up to a bullying government and fight for their rights. I hope it's not one of your own that the fire fighter can't save from the burning building in time because he isn't fit enough because the government say he must be frontline untill he is 60. Shame on you for this post. landyman3030
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