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Cornwall fire chief pays tribute to both working and striking firefighters
7:00am Saturday 28th September 2013 in News
The chief fire officer in Cornwall has paid tribute to the conduct of both staff that worked and those that were on strike during recent industrial action.
Cornwall Fire and Rescue staff who are members of the Fire Brigades Union participated in industrial action across Cornwall this week as part of a national protest against changes to firefighter pensions.
In the run up to and during the industrial action, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service implemented detailed contingency plans as it faced a reduction in resources. Specialist services and equipment not available during the industrial action included water rescue, line Rrscue and the aerial ladder platform.
Fortunately, CFRS Fire Control received only two 999 calls during the four hours of strike action on Wednesday 25 September; one of which was triggered by an automated fire alarm and the other to confirm that the automated fire alarm was a false alarm.
Chief Fire Officer Des Tidbury said: “The conduct of all of our staff, both those taking strike action and those working, has been exemplary throughout.
"The contingency plans that we put in place alongside the huge efforts made by those not taking strike action, kept Cornwall protected and safe throughout the duration. This was by no means a simple task and only highlights the dedication and determination of all Cornwall’s fire fighters.
"I would like to express our sincerest thanks and gratitude for all the support shown to us by staff and also by businesses and members of the public who recognised the pressures placed on the Service during the industrial action and played their part by taking note of vital safety messages and helping themselves to keep safe. I urge everyone to maintain their vigilance and fire safety awareness for the future.”
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