CAMBS: Firefighters attend false alarm during strike over pension changes

Firefighters on strike in Huntingdon

Firefighters on strike in Huntingdon - Credit: Archant

Firefighters have returned to work after a four-hour strike.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union walked out from 10am today (Wednesday) over changes to the pension age.

In Cambridgeshire, only one 999 call was received - an automatic fire alarm at a sheltered housing scheme in Peterborough - but turned out to be a false alarm.

Chris Strickland, deputy chief fire officer at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Although our crewing levels were significantly impacted, we were able to use our own operationally trained staff to crew 19 fire engines during the strike period, which is around ten less than normal.”

“While our day-to-day services were severely disrupted by the strike, the commitment of our on-call, support and operational managers ensured that we were able to fulfil our legal duty to provide a fire and rescue service.”

“Our thanks goes out to the community for putting taking extra care today and putting safety at the forefront of their minds.”