Fire Brigades Union announces further strike date

Striking fire-fighters.
Striking fire-fighters.

The Fire Brigades Union plans to take further strike action next week, part of its on-going dispute with the Government over reform of the fire-fighters pension scheme.

Wednesday’s strike will be between 10am and 2pm.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has plans in place to provide an emergency service during any period of strike action and will be putting these into action again next week.

The service stresses however that it will not be business as usual.

Residents are encouraged to take steps to protect themselves and their homes from the risks of fire and other emergencies and the service has already written to businesses in the county to help them to minimise the risk from fire.

Coun Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “We are obviously disappointed that issues between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and the Government over reform of the fire-fighters pension scheme have not been resolved.

“The council in its role as Northumberland Fire Authority has a duty to ensure it has robust plans in place to provide a fire and rescue response during industrial action, and we will be putting these plans into action again.

“We must stress that it will not be business as usual however, and homes and businesses should take extra precautions.”

Alex Bennett, chief fire officer for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, added: “Our contingency plans have been effective during the previous periods of strike action, and we will use similar processes and procedures to provide an emergency service during this period too.

“We continue to urge residents to take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from the risks of fire, including ensuring they have working smoke alarms fitted in their homes.”