Fire and rescue service resumes normal service following strike
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service has resumed normal service following a four hour period of strike action by members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).
The strike, a protest by the FBU against the Government’s plans for pension reform, started at noon and concluded at 4pm this afternoon.
Chief Fire Officer Richard Smith said he was extremely pleased with how Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service had coped in providing a first class and professional fire and rescue service to the community during the whole period of strike action.
“As a result of our contingency planning arrangements and a core of dedicated staff who worked normally throughout, the service was able to operate as close to normal as possible.
"All emergency calls were dealt with professionally, swiftly and satisfactorily throughout the entire period of strike action.
“I would like to thank all our staff that worked normally this afternoon for their professionalism and dedication; keeping our citizens safe from fire and other emergencies and enabling a quick and safe return to normal service."
“Although this period of strike action has come to an end it is as yet unclear whether there will be further periods of industrial action by the FBU. I can assure our communities that I am determined to continue to provide a professional and first rate service at all times in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.
“I do hope, however, that this dispute between Government and the FBU can be swiftly brought to a negotiated settlement and I would urge both sides to continue talks in order for this to happen."