Firefighters ready for strike weekend

Swindon Advertiser: No surrender: Striking firefighters outside Drove Road fire station No surrender: Striking firefighters outside Drove Road fire station

PREPARATIONS are being made to ensure there is enough cover during the latest strikes by firefighters due to take place this weekend.

Firefighters are walking out on Friday and Saturday night, between 6pm and 10pm, in a row over pensions and a raised retirement age.

It is the latest in a series of industrial actions which have taken place in recent months but fire chiefs say they have adequate cover and will be responding to 999 calls.

It is anticipated fire stations at Drove Road, Stratton and Westlea will all be out of action while the on-call station at Pewsey will also be closed.

Cover will come from stations manned by retained firefighters, such as Royal Wootton Bassett, while there will also be an appliance at an undisclosed location in the town.

However, because of the extra distance needed to travel, the response times to calls may be longer than usual.

Chief Fire Officer Simon Routh-Jones said: “These will be the fifth and sixth walkouts by members of the Fire Brigades’ Union since September, and it is frustrating that the two sides in this national dispute have not been able to reach any sort of agreement.

“As on previous occasions, we will be making every effort to provide the best possible fire cover for the communities of Wiltshire and Swindon, but we will be operating with reduced resources.

“During the industrial action, we will still be responding to 999 calls, but it may take us a little longer to arrive and, with larger premises, we may send a smaller attendance than usual in the first instance.

“We are now getting into Christmas party season, so we really need people to take extra care.”

The Fire Brigade Union have said in extreme circumstances they will come back on duty.

The disagreement is over government plans to increase pension contributions firefighters make as well as proposals to increase the retirement age from 55 to 60.

The FBU have said if the government plans are introduced then it will mean they will pay more than 14 per cent towards pensions amounting to £4,000 a year. The alteration in retirement age may also mean many struggle to pass fitness tests, said the union.

Residents are urged to not leave candles unattended and make sure fire alarms have been tested.

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9:19am Thu 12 Dec 13

Ringer says...

*Yawn* So boring.

The real problem for the firefighters' union is that if there are no call-outs, nobody notices that they're even on strike.

If there are call outs and they attend them, nobody notices that they're even on strike.

If emergency calls are made and they don't attend because they're on strike, any public sympathy that they may have will immediately evaporate completely - especially if people are injured or die.

Largely pointless the Adver keep running these stories every week, though, as they just blend into one forgettable message that the unions are getting uppity.
*Yawn* So boring. The real problem for the firefighters' union is that if there are no call-outs, nobody notices that they're even on strike. If there are call outs and they attend them, nobody notices that they're even on strike. If emergency calls are made and they don't attend because they're on strike, any public sympathy that they may have will immediately evaporate completely - especially if people are injured or die. Largely pointless the Adver keep running these stories every week, though, as they just blend into one forgettable message that the unions are getting uppity. Ringer

9:56am Thu 12 Dec 13

Phantom Poster says...

Got to laugh - "rather pointless, blending into one forgettable message"! Reminds me of a certain prolific poster on here :-)
Got to laugh - "rather pointless, blending into one forgettable message"! Reminds me of a certain prolific poster on here :-) Phantom Poster

10:22am Thu 12 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Phantom Poster wrote:
Got to laugh - "rather pointless, blending into one forgettable message"! Reminds me of a certain prolific poster on here :-)
You're a little too hard on yourself.
[quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: Got to laugh - "rather pointless, blending into one forgettable message"! Reminds me of a certain prolific poster on here :-)[/p][/quote]You're a little too hard on yourself. Ringer

1:43pm Thu 12 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

So what happens when one of their houses catches fire, do they just leave it to burn out then?
So what happens when one of their houses catches fire, do they just leave it to burn out then? house on the hill

5:32pm Fri 13 Dec 13

FiremanSam says...

One of our houses catching fire? No chance matey!!! Fire staff are not stupid enough to let that happen (It's called applying b.a.s.i.c. f.i.r.e. s.a.f.e.t.y measures which I hope you apply too!!

Incidentally, whilst on strike, fire-crews will still attend major life threatening incidents. FBU Representative Bodies and the Fire Authority have this agreement already in place. It's just the morons who let bonfires go out of control who will suffer. Do you really think fire-crews have no sense of morality?
One of our houses catching fire? No chance matey!!! Fire staff are not stupid enough to let that happen (It's called applying b.a.s.i.c. f.i.r.e. s.a.f.e.t.y measures which I hope you apply too!! Incidentally, whilst on strike, fire-crews will still attend major life threatening incidents. FBU Representative Bodies and the Fire Authority have this agreement already in place. It's just the morons who let bonfires go out of control who will suffer. Do you really think fire-crews have no sense of morality? FiremanSam

7:35pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Phantom Poster says...

FiremanSam wrote:
One of our houses catching fire? No chance matey!!! Fire staff are not stupid enough to let that happen (It's called applying b.a.s.i.c. f.i.r.e. s.a.f.e.t.y measures which I hope you apply too!!

Incidentally, whilst on strike, fire-crews will still attend major life threatening incidents. FBU Representative Bodies and the Fire Authority have this agreement already in place. It's just the morons who let bonfires go out of control who will suffer. Do you really think fire-crews have no sense of morality?
So you're saying that no piece of electrical equipment in a fireman's home can develop a fault? That's amazing - where do you buy this safety-hardened electrical equipment from? It must be very expensive - how do you afford it on such a low salary?

"One of our houses catching fire? No chance matey!!!" - what an idiot!
[quote][p][bold]FiremanSam[/bold] wrote: One of our houses catching fire? No chance matey!!! Fire staff are not stupid enough to let that happen (It's called applying b.a.s.i.c. f.i.r.e. s.a.f.e.t.y measures which I hope you apply too!! Incidentally, whilst on strike, fire-crews will still attend major life threatening incidents. FBU Representative Bodies and the Fire Authority have this agreement already in place. It's just the morons who let bonfires go out of control who will suffer. Do you really think fire-crews have no sense of morality?[/p][/quote]So you're saying that no piece of electrical equipment in a fireman's home can develop a fault? That's amazing - where do you buy this safety-hardened electrical equipment from? It must be very expensive - how do you afford it on such a low salary? "One of our houses catching fire? No chance matey!!!" - what an idiot! Phantom Poster

8:25pm Fri 13 Dec 13

trolley dolley says...

Fireman Sam I have never heard such a stupid remark about firemen and their houses.

It is an insult to the public to even suggest that they are not fire conscious, they may not do it as a job but I think most people realise hazards when they see them.

I suggest you just get on with your strike against the Old, Vulnerable and Children and leave your comments at home.
Fireman Sam I have never heard such a stupid remark about firemen and their houses. It is an insult to the public to even suggest that they are not fire conscious, they may not do it as a job but I think most people realise hazards when they see them. I suggest you just get on with your strike against the Old, Vulnerable and Children and leave your comments at home. trolley dolley

10:52pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Phantom Poster says...

trolley dolley wrote:
Fireman Sam I have never heard such a stupid remark about firemen and their houses.

It is an insult to the public to even suggest that they are not fire conscious, they may not do it as a job but I think most people realise hazards when they see them.

I suggest you just get on with your strike against the Old, Vulnerable and Children and leave your comments at home.
The most worrying thing is if "Fireman Sam" is a real firemen and displays such an abysmal lack of knowledge regarding fault vectors in electrical equipment.
[quote][p][bold]trolley dolley[/bold] wrote: Fireman Sam I have never heard such a stupid remark about firemen and their houses. It is an insult to the public to even suggest that they are not fire conscious, they may not do it as a job but I think most people realise hazards when they see them. I suggest you just get on with your strike against the Old, Vulnerable and Children and leave your comments at home.[/p][/quote]The most worrying thing is if "Fireman Sam" is a real firemen and displays such an abysmal lack of knowledge regarding fault vectors in electrical equipment. Phantom Poster

12:27am Sat 14 Dec 13

Phantom Poster says...

FiremanSam wrote:
One of our houses catching fire? No chance matey!!! Fire staff are not stupid enough to let that happen (It's called applying b.a.s.i.c. f.i.r.e. s.a.f.e.t.y measures which I hope you apply too!!

Incidentally, whilst on strike, fire-crews will still attend major life threatening incidents. FBU Representative Bodies and the Fire Authority have this agreement already in place. It's just the morons who let bonfires go out of control who will suffer. Do you really think fire-crews have no sense of morality?
"Fireman Sam" said:

"Fire staff are not stupid "

If you represent them then they obviously are!
[quote][p][bold]FiremanSam[/bold] wrote: One of our houses catching fire? No chance matey!!! Fire staff are not stupid enough to let that happen (It's called applying b.a.s.i.c. f.i.r.e. s.a.f.e.t.y measures which I hope you apply too!! Incidentally, whilst on strike, fire-crews will still attend major life threatening incidents. FBU Representative Bodies and the Fire Authority have this agreement already in place. It's just the morons who let bonfires go out of control who will suffer. Do you really think fire-crews have no sense of morality?[/p][/quote]"Fireman Sam" said: "Fire staff are not stupid " If you represent them then they obviously are! Phantom Poster

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