East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has resumed normal cover following a strike by members of the Fire Brigades Union in the national dispute over pensions.
The industrial action took place on Friday 1 November between 18.30 and 23.00. FBU members have now returned to their normal duties.
During the strike, operational staff who are not members of the FBU provided cover throughout East Sussex and Brighton and Hove City.
We attended four incidents during the strike:
- Reports of smoke in Hove at 19.39 – small fire (accidental) - nothing in use by crews
- Reports of the smell of burning in Brighton at 20.45 - crew attended but no action was needed as it turned out to be a false alarm of good intent
- Flooding affecting electrics in Hove at 21:10 – crew attended and found flooding affecting electrics from 3rd floor flat roof - crews spent time sheeting up with salvage sheets
- Reports of a shed alight in Sidley in Bexhill at 21:38 - on arrival crews found it to be a small building in a cricket ground used as storage - crews used one hose reel and one breathing apparatus
Further industrial action is to take place on Monday morning between 06:00 and 08:00 and we again ask the public to take extra care, particularly if they are on the roads during this time.