Fire strike - 24 hours from 9am on Tuesday December 9

Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service used a mixture of non-striking full-time personnel and on-call staff to provide cover during the industrial action, the same arrangement  successfully utilised locally during all of the previous strikes since September last year.

The industrial action occured because of a national dispute between the FBU and central government over pension reforms.

During the strike there were the following incidents of note:

  • Crews from Charlbury and Woodstock went to an address in West End, Chadlington, after an emergency call was made at 1.44pm. A small fire had occured on a windowsill because of a lit candle. No action was required from the attending firefighters
  • Firefighters from Banbury were called at 7.23pm to fields off Dukes Meadow Drive in the town, where a fire was dealt with via controlled burning
  • Firefighters also responded to a number of false alarms