British troops were called out on Sunday (28 October) to fight a major blaze in the Scottish city of Glasgow, where 650 fireman walked out on Friday over a pay dispute.
British troops were called out on Sunday (28 October) to fight a major blaze in the Scottish city of Glasgow, where 650 fireman walked out on Friday over a pay dispute. This is Britain's first-ever strike by professional fireman and, though their national union has condemned the action, there has been growing support from fireman in other parts of the country.
The troops were brought in as soon as the men struck, but waited two days for their major test. It care at a jute factory, only a few hundred yards (metres) away from the city's main Sunday trading area. There were several explosions in the three-storey building and the smoke was visible from the other side of the city. A Fire Brigade spokesman said the soldiers arrived on the scene six minutes after receiving the alarm. They succeeded in quenching the blaze within half an hour. The soldiers were commanded by Glasgow's senior fire officers, who had not joined in the strike.
The strike leader have issued a warning that the troops are too inexperienced to cope with a serious blaze. But Glasgow's Lord Provost, William Gray, is satisfied that the arrangements are more than adequate. 600 regular servicemen from the Army, Navy and Air Force have been sent to the city, which has one of the worst recent records of fire deaths in the United Kingdom. More than 40 People have burned to death there this year.