Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue reports ‘normal’ service throughout today’s strike

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Firefighters have been able to respond to emergency call-outs in the ‘normal timeframe’ despite today’s industrial action, the service has reported.

Lincolnshire fire and Rescue was affected by the national four-hour strike, which took place this afternoon between noon and 4pm, over pension disputes.

Despite the action, an emergency response was able to operate throughout led by non-striking staff who dealt with six incidents including a road accident in Spilsby.

“All incidents have been dealt with in the normal timeframe and to the same high standard as normal,” said a spokesperson.

Today’s strike was called by the Fire Brigades Union over a pension dispute after almost 80 per cent of its members voted in favour of industrial action during a ballot earlier this month.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “This initial strike is a warning shot to government.

“Firefighters could not be more serious about protecting public safety and ensuring fair pensions.

“Governments in Westminster and Cardiff have simply refused to see sense on these issues.

“It is ludicrous to expect firefighters to fight fire and rescue families in their late 50s - the lives of the general public and firefighters themselves will be endangered.

“None of us want a strike, but we cannot compromise on public and firefighter safety.”

During the strike residents are reminded to take extra care.

Advice is available here