South Yorkshire fire chief ‘breaths a sign of relief’ after strike action

Firefighters are set for more strike action. 
Picture: Tim Ansell

Firefighters are set for more strike action. Picture: Tim Ansell

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South Yorkshire’s fire chief admits he ‘breathes a sigh of relief’ at the end of each strike – as hundreds of firefighters prepare to walk out again today.

Chief fire officer James Courtney said it was only ‘good fortune’ that previous strikes had not occurred at the same time as major incidents.

South Yorkshires Chief Fire Officer James Courtney.

South Yorkshires Chief Fire Officer James Courtney.

And he warned today’s 999 response service will be reduced again and that it would take longer to get to emergencies during the industrial action.

 

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