Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is to recruit
an emergency fire team in case firefighters join national
industrial action next month.
A Day of Action planned across the country for November 30 could
result in the Service being left without any staff.
The Service still has a legal requirement to provide emergency
cover, even during industrial action and can no longer use the
armed forces like it has done previously.
So this week, it is to start recruiting an emergency fire team,
with adverts appearing on this website.
Jim Owen, Deputy County Fire Officer at Greater Manchester Fire
and Rescue Service, said: "Not only does the Fire Authority have a
legal duty to prepare for a strike, it's exactly what local people
would want us to do.
"We need to have a plan to keep people safe if crew support the
national day of action on November 30 and beyond."
Although no ballot is currently being held by the FBU, many
unions have agreed to support a national Day of Action, including
the FBU. GMFRS is preparing for the worst case scenario, and
preparations have to take place now to ensure sufficient fire cover
would be available.
Those recruited would work during any period of industrial
action to provide fire and rescue cover for the communities of
The Fire and Rescue Authority will discuss the plans at its
meeting this Thursday.
More information will be available on this website as the