Hampshire firefighters back on duty following strikes

Daily Echo: Firefighters back on duty following strikes Firefighters back on duty following strikes

FIREFIGHTERS in Hampshire returned to work today after staging strikes last night.

Crews walked out between 7pm and midnight as part of nationwide industrial action across England and Wales over a row about pensions.

The demonstration meant just 40 appliances were available to respond to emergencies across the county – around half the usual number – and less operational staff were based at stations.

But it was a relatively peaceful night and fire chiefs stressed crews were able to respond within their 20 minute target times for call outs.

The next strike is set for between 6.30pm and 12.30am on New Year’s Eve and 6.30am and 8.30am on Friday, January 3.

Assistant Chief Officer Neil Odin thanked residents and local businesses for taking extra care during last night’s strikes and said: “We would ask people to continue not to take any unnecessary risks over the remainder of the festive period.

“Again on New Years’ Eve there will be fewer firefighters and vehicles available to us. We will still respond, but if we have to come from further away it may take longer than usual.

“So if you’re drinking, please don’t think about driving, grab a cab, and keep an eye on your cooking as well as making sure all Christmas lights are switched off and candles fully extinguished before you go to bed.”

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7:39pm Wed 25 Dec 13

good-gosh says...

What a lot of nonsense that they are too old to work at 60.. Active men are fit till they are 70 these days and they ain't going to change between 55 to 60.
What a lot of nonsense that they are too old to work at 60.. Active men are fit till they are 70 these days and they ain't going to change between 55 to 60. good-gosh

10:15am Thu 26 Dec 13

Superior Being says...

sitting behind a computer spewing your false facts is a bit weak. why don't you go to a fire station and speak with them.
sitting behind a computer spewing your false facts is a bit weak. why don't you go to a fire station and speak with them. Superior Being

1:07pm Thu 26 Dec 13

good-gosh says...

Speak with them? What for? A written comment is plain enough.
Speak with them? What for? A written comment is plain enough. good-gosh

3:00pm Thu 26 Dec 13

huckit P says...

Superior Being wrote:
sitting behind a computer spewing your false facts is a bit weak. why don't you go to a fire station and speak with them.
May I suggest you actually find out exactly what the current dispute is about. You will find that not all of the facts over the proposed changes are being advertised by the FBU. They are instead peddling their distorted version.
If a person is still physically fit at 55 why should he or she not continue to work and provide valuable service? Does your job allow you to sleep on your night shift (if you work shifts)? Why should the fire service not work 3 x 8-hour shifts and thereby provide a better service? Why shouldn't the firefighters (and anyone else for that matter) pay more for their pension because it is indexed linked and the balance is paid out of your taxes?
Well done to those firefighters who decided not to strike and who continued to provide a first-rate service to the community.
[quote][p][bold]Superior Being[/bold] wrote: sitting behind a computer spewing your false facts is a bit weak. why don't you go to a fire station and speak with them.[/p][/quote]May I suggest you actually find out exactly what the current dispute is about. You will find that not all of the facts over the proposed changes are being advertised by the FBU. They are instead peddling their distorted version. If a person is still physically fit at 55 why should he or she not continue to work and provide valuable service? Does your job allow you to sleep on your night shift (if you work shifts)? Why should the fire service not work 3 x 8-hour shifts and thereby provide a better service? Why shouldn't the firefighters (and anyone else for that matter) pay more for their pension because it is indexed linked and the balance is paid out of your taxes? Well done to those firefighters who decided not to strike and who continued to provide a first-rate service to the community. huckit P

4:05pm Thu 26 Dec 13

issacchunt says...

Superior Being wrote:
sitting behind a computer spewing your false facts is a bit weak. why don't you go to a fire station and speak with them.
Pointless, you would'nt ask a Turkey its view of Christmas dinner would you.
[quote][p][bold]Superior Being[/bold] wrote: sitting behind a computer spewing your false facts is a bit weak. why don't you go to a fire station and speak with them.[/p][/quote]Pointless, you would'nt ask a Turkey its view of Christmas dinner would you. issacchunt

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