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FIRE DISPUTE: REPORT ON EMERGENCY COVER DURING FIREFIGHTERS' STRIKE PUBLISHED

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Emergency cover has worked well during the firefighters' strike, says a report that has been published by the gover...
Emergency cover has worked well during the firefighters' strike, says a report that has been published by the government. The impact on the wider UK economy was very limited, with little disruption to business and transport.

The report says that during the eight day strike from 22 to 30 November:

* 12,160 incidents were attended

* the Joint Operational Control Centres fielded 30,278 calls, and proved an effective method of ensuring that 999 calls were prioritised sensibly and that available resources were deployed effectively

* there were 12 deaths in fire-related incidents, the same as an expected average eight day figure for November

The report says that the emergency response exceeded the original remit set for it - which was to concentrate on the protection of life. Armed forces personnel and working firefighters, assisted by the police, were able to attend all calls allocated to them. This included a very large majority where there was no threat to life.

Most incidents were reported between noon and midnight. The Ministry of Defence is now reviewing shift patterns to make sure that emergency cover availability corresponds to this pattern.

The public responded well, reducing the number of fire-related 999 calls made. Hoax calls are now at the usual level (see LGCnet).

Read the report on the emergency cover provided by the armed forces on the Number 10 website.

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