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North and East Yorkshire public thanked for putting safety first during firefighters strike
SENIOR fire officers in North and East Yorkshire have thanked the public for taking care over their safety during the firefighters’ strike.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union walked out from 6.30pm to 11pm yesterday as part of a dispute over pensions. After they returned to work, management at North Yorkshire and Humberside Fire and Rescue Services said they had had half or more than half of their normal resources available to deal with fires during the industrial action.
North Yorkshire chief fire officer Nigel Hutchinson said "I would like to thank the public for heeding our advice and keeping the number of emergency calls we received to a minimum.”
He said the service only attended three incidents throughout the county during the strike. Dene Sanders, deputy chief fire officer at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, thanked all staff who worked during the strike including reserve fire crews.
“Our communities have played an important role, taking care to stay safe helping to keep emergency calls to a minimum - we are grateful for that," he said.
"I am hopeful that negotiations will now continue so that an agreement can be reached sooner rather than later to avoid further disruption."
Both services will provide their full normal cover during the rest of the weekend, which is expected to see the majority of this year's Bonfire Night celebrations.
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