FIREFIGHTERS are back on duty tonight after a day of strike action.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service released figures tonight to say it received 33 calls during today’s nine-hour walkout, which ended at 7pm.
Fire crews attended 23 incidents across the service’s area, including 10 alarm call-outs, two building fires, one road traffic accident and 10 rubbish fires.
The industrial action is part of the on-going national dispute between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and Government over pensions.
Fresh strikes are planned over eight days consecutive, starting from Monday.
Chief Fire Officer Tom Capeling, of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “I would like to thank the public for their continued support in taking on board the safety messages we have been promoting.
“The number of incidents we have dealt with has been just above average for this time of year.
“However, the FBU is planning further discontinuous strike action over an eight-day period, so I am asking the public and business owners to continue to take extra care with fire safety during these latest periods of strike action.”
A reduced service will be in operation during the action, although incidents in which lives are at risk will be prioritised.
Strikes by FBU members will take place on the following dates and times:
•Monday, July 14: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm.
•Tuesday, July 15: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm.
•Wednesday, July 16: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm.
•Thursday, July 17: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm.
•Friday, July 18: 6am–8am and 11am–1am on Saturday July 19.
•Saturday, July 19: 11am–1pm and 11pm–1am on Sunday, July 20.
•Sunday, July 20: 7pm–9pm.
•Monday, July 21: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm.