Fire Brigade Union Strike

From: []
Sent: 24 October 2014 18:36
To: Fire Control Centre
Subject: Fire Brigade Union Strike


Fire Brigade Union Strike

The Fire Brigade Union have announced a future strike date.

Fire Brigade service during the strikes

FBU strike dates

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced a new period of strike action taking place over four consecutive days:

  • FBU members will strike from 6pm on Friday, 31 October 2014 until 6pm on Tuesday, 4 November 2014

The Authority has a legal duty to provide London with an emergency fire and rescue service and has taken action to ensure the continuing provision of a reduced service during a strike (or any other event which deprives the Brigade of its usual workforce).

Who will provide the service?

Known as Capital Guard, the reduced service is made up of 27 fire engines. It’s in place to provide a reduced level of which fulfils our basic statutory duties.

This means that the 27 fire engines will go to a limited range of incidents and that, in the first instance just one fire engine will attend each incident.

Level of response during the strike?

During strike action there will be some changes to our service:

  • 999 and 112 system will continue to operate as normal
  • Our attendance times to some incidents will increase
  • Crews attending will not be familiar with premises or the local geography

During the strike contingency crews will attend:

  • Serious fires – like those in Londoners’ homes – confirmed by a 999 call
  • Fires that involve gas cylinders or hazardous substances
  • Explosions
  • Vehicle fires or boat fires
  • Fires at railway stations and rail and road tunnels or fires involving people in underground tunnels
  • Aircraft or train crashes
  • Road traffic collisions
  • Collapsed structures

During the strike contingency crews may not be able to attend:

  • Small grass fires and other outdoor fires such as trees, hedges or undergrowth alight
  • Rubbish fires (including fires in bins and skips) and fires on open ground
  • Animal rescues (these will be referred to the RSPCA)
  • People shut in lifts (owners of buildings are responsible for ensuring arrangements are in place to release people from faulty lifts)
  • Flooding
  • Automatic fire alarms – a fire engine will only be sent when the fire has been confirmed by a 999 call.

Further information can be found at

Posted by Peter Reeves, City of Westminster, Contingency Planning Team

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