Rod Hammerton, Assistant Chief Fire Officer of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service is urging the public to ‘take extra care’ in terms of fire safety in the home and road safety during the period of strike action planned by Firefighters.
The Fire Brigade’s Union has announced today that it is intending to take industrial action from midday on Wednesday 25th September to 4.00pm on 25th September, allowing any member of that Union to protest.
“South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority is aware of the national consultations that are ongoing between Government and the Fire Brigade’s Union that represent some Fire and Rescue Service staff”.
“We recognise that the current government plans to change the existing pension arrangements has created industrial tension amongst public sector workers and representative bodies that has lead to this forthcoming period of industrial action”.
“Whilst South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority understand why staff are taking industrial action The Authority has a duty and an obligation to ensure that the provision of services to the public remains as unaffected as is reasonably practicable, especially where an emergency response is required”.
Rod Hammerton, Assistant Fire Officer of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said;
“SWFRS will continue to deliver against its statutory obligations to the best of its ability with the very limited resources that are at its disposal and will prioritise deployment of the available resources with a focus on the protection of life”.
South Wales FRS will be receiving external assistance from the military however this assistance will be limited to six crews of fully trained Firefighters and as such our ability to provide a service to the public will still be challenging.
“We are and will continue to actively communicate with the public and provide information in order to reduce risk to communities, businesses and other stakeholders of South Wales via regular press statements, press releases and the SWFRS website. There will also be a dedicated public enquiries number (01443 232181) and email address (email@example.com).
During and in the lead up to any periods of Industrial Action the Service social media sites (Facebook and Twitter) will only be used for immediate public safety messages regarding on-going incidents”.
“The Management of SWFRS will work to maintain strong industrial relations and a continual dialogue with the Fire Brigade’s Union throughout any periods of industrial action and will continue to communicate openly and honestly with its communities and staff through direct channels”.
“If any member of the public needs to call SWFRS regarding a non-urgent matter it would help us if they considered waiting an extra day to make that call. SWFRS will plan to deliver ‘business as usual’ outside of periods of industrial action and expects a speedy and safe return to normality on conclusion of any period of industrial action”.
“This is a dispute between Trade Unions and Central Government and as employers and managers we hope this matter is quickly brought to a safe and acceptable conclusion for all parties”.