The scheduled four hour period of industrial action by Firefighters in England and Wales came to an end at 4pm today (25th September).
The strike, planned by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) as a protest against Government plans for pensions, was announced last week.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Rod Hammerton said he was pleased with how South Wales Fire and Rescue Service had managed its services during the strike action.
“As expected, the number of Firefighters from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service who chose to strike was high, which resulted in a large reduction in the resources that we had at our disposal. As such, we were unable to provide the same high level of response to incidents as we normally would and as a consequence prioritised our response to those in most critical need.
“The arrangements we put in place to provide a service during strike action worked well. Our robust and well rehearsed business continuity arrangements were put into operation effectively and as soon as the strike period came to an end we were able to ensure a quick and safe return to normal services.
“I would like to take this opportunity to note the professionalism of our operational staff – understandably emotions can run high at times such as these but I am pleased to say that their behaviour has been measured throughout.
“Locally we will continue to work to maintain strong industrial relations and constructive dialogue with representatives of the union. Our hope is that between the FBU and Government this dispute can be quickly brought to a safe and acceptable conclusion for all parties.
“Although the strike is over, it is as yet unclear whether there will be further industrial action by Firefighters, and whilst the public followed our advice to remain vigilant during the period of industrial action I would urge them to continue to pay particular attention to fire safety and road safety in their communities. Public safety remains our paramount importance and I therefore continue to request everyone to take simple steps to ensure their own and their communities safety;
Prevention is best - pay extra attention to fire safety in the home and whilst travelling
Ensure you have a working smoke alarm – to arrange a free home fire safety check or contact us via www.freesmokealarm.co.uk
If a fire does start - get out, stay out and call 999
Don’t ever be tempted to tackle a fire yourself.”