Fire Brigade Union (FBU) strike action across Norfolk and Suffolk passed without major incident this weekend as people began their celebrations for bonfire night.
Strike action went ahead between 6.30pm and 11pm on Friday and 6am to 8am this morning.
The strikes were held in a row over pensions, with the government wanting firefighters to work until the age of 60, an age the FBU believes is too old to fight fires.
David Ashworth, Area Manager at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: “With bonfire events and some wet and windy weather over the weekend, this could have been a tricky time to not have the fire service at full strength.
“We had plans in place so that we could respond in any eventuality but it seems people really helped us by being careful and keeping safe during these times and these plans weren’t really tested.”
Dan Roper, Cabinet Member for Public Protection at Norfolk County Council, added: “Thank you to everyone who helped make these strike periods pass quietly.
“If their services are needed the fire service always wants to get a call and get out to an incident as quickly as possible. However we’d all much rather emergency situations didn’t arise in the first place so that people’s safety isn’t put at risk.”