Silent night in Herts during Christmas Eve fire strike, but further walkouts to be staged on New Year’s Eve


Back-up crews working throughout the Fire Brigades Union strike on Christmas Eve attended just one incident in the whole of Herts during the five-hour walkout.

Four 999 calls were made in total during the industrial action staged from 7pm to midnight on Tuesday, which included two automatic fire alarms which were not attended. No incidents were reported in Dacorum.

Herts chief fire officer and director of community protection Roy Wilsher said: “Fortunately we had a quiet night in Hertfordshire. The contingency plans that were put in place have stood up well.

“We would like to once again thank everyone who took extra care during the strike action and heeded the safety advice given prior to the walkout.”

A further strike – the ninth to be called since September over changes to firefighters pension schemes – is planned for tomorrow – New Year’s Eve – from 6pm to 12.30am. Mr Wilsher added: “Everyone should take extra care, especially at a time when people celebrate the New Year at parties and other events.”

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