Isle people wanted as reserve crews in case of firefighters’ strike

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Humberside Fire and Rescue Service wants people from the Isle to become reserve fire crews to help keep people safe in the event of strike action by firefighters.

The decision follows the Fire Brigades Union’s (FBU) announcement to ballot its members nationally for strike action over a dispute with the Government over fire service pension schemes.

The ballot is due to close on August 29.

Specifically, the service is looking for fire and rescue operatives and driver/pump operators.

Deputy chief fire officer Dene Sanders, said: “The senior management team does not support a strike and urges the FBU and government to continue discussions rather than resort to strike action.

“However, while the service respects the right of staff to undertake strike action, there is a legal duty to provide emergency cover to the public.

“Contingency plans are in place to enable a basic level of service covering serious and life threatening incidents in the event of strike action.”

The service said due to the nature of the work, preference would be given to applicants with experience in working in a safety critical role and/or those who have worked in a ‘disciplined environment’.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an assessment on either August 19 or 20. Successful candidates must be able to start basic training from August 30 to September 6.

During training the crew will be paid £10.27, and if the crew is deployed the pay will be £20.52 an hour.

Applications close tomorrow.