FIRE crews were back at work this week after three days of strike action.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said they put a limited response service in place to cover the strike action by the Fire Brigades Union, from 2pm on Saturday to 2am on Sunday, and 10am to 3pm on Sunday. They also staged a walkout between noon and 5pm on Friday.
During the strike period on Sunday, crews received 15 calls and attended 12 incidents.
On Saturday the service received 51 calls and attended 31 incidents, including a large fire next to some pigeon crees in Herrington Burn.
The industrial action was in relation to the FBU’s national dispute with the Government over pensions.
Chief Fire Officer Tom Capeling, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS), said: “Trained fire service officers and staff we have temporarily recruited provided our reduced response.
“This included people who were successful during our last recruitment process but for whom there were no vacancies at the time, as well as former military and specialist personnel.
“This plan is not designed to replicate the excellent service our firefighters provide every day of the week, however it was aimed at providing a core response service in the event of industrial action.
“In the run-up to the Bank Holiday weekend, the service has been encouraging the public and business owners to take extra care with fire safety during the period of strike action. I am pleased to say that this appears to have had an impact and the number of incidents we have dealt with reflect the normal picture for this time of year.”