The Fire Brigade strike is putting a massive strain on London’s policeforce. Head of HR at the Metropolitan Police Service, Martin Tiplady – who is alsohead of the committee that manages the police response to the strike – toldPersonnel Today the service was being stretched by the firefighters’ payprotest. More than 1,000 officers have been diverted from their regular duties tohelp support the emergency services. “We’re now into our contingency plan which was drawn up before thestrike,” said Tiplady. The police have to escort the Army’s fire engines and handle emergency callsto the fire service. “The actual 999 service is now being run from our building along with ajoint committee made up of police, army and fire brigade personnel,” headded. So far, firefighters have completed a 48-hour strike and are still demandinga 40 per cent pay rise, to take basic pay to £30,000. The Fire Brigade Union has rejected an 11 per cent offer as ‘insulting’. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Fire strike weakens London police forceOn 19 Nov 2002 in Police, Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.