Business as usual following strike ballot

Thu 29 Aug, 2013

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service is reassuring the public that it will be business as usual in the event of any industrial action that may be taken by the Fire Brigades Union and its members.

Firefighters have voted in favour of a national strike after negotiations with the Government over pension reforms failed to reach an agreement

Mick Osborne, Head of Service Delivery for Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, said: "I want to reassure the public that we will be answering emergency calls and responding to them during any periods of industrial action

"We have prepared a robust business continuity plan in case a strike happens, which has enough capacity to allow us to continue to deliver a safe level of cover across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.

"However, should any industrial action take place, there is inevitably going to be an impact on our usual response times. We would urge the public to be vigilant during any planned strike periods to help reduce unnecessary calls, and to take extra precautions to prevent fires in their homes and businesses.

"We are still very hopeful that a compromise can be reached between the government and firefighters and that our business continuity arrangements will not have to be tested. However, we can assure those communities that we serve that everything will be done in order to protect them in the event of any emergency."