Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service says it has robust plans in place to cope during the latest round of strike action by the Fire Brigades Union, but admits it will not be business as usual.
The Union is staging its next round of strike action over a period of four days, from Friday at 6pm to Tuesday, November 4, at 6pm, as part of its ongoing national dispute with the Government over pensions.
The strike will be the 17th period of action to take place in the dispute over reform of firefighter pension schemes, since September 2013.
As with previous periods of industrial action, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has plans in place to provide a service during this latest strike, but it will not be business as usual.
Steve Richards, assistant chief fire officer for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said: “As always, when there are periods of strike action, we’re asking people to remain extra vigilant.
“The strike will start at the end of the half-term school holidays which runs up to the Bonfire period, which a lot of people are looking forward to.
“I’d urge everyone to take extra care and, as we do every year, encourage people to attend one of the many organised displays around the county rather than have their own bonfire or fireworks event.
“The public can be reassured we have robust plans in place to provide a fire and rescue response during industrial action and are again putting these plans in place. It’s important to stress it will not be business as usual however.
“We have also contacted businesses and other premises to assist them in further minimising the risk from fire and other emergencies.”
For more details on organised firework displays in the county, fire safety, and precautions homes and businesses can take, go to www.northumberland.gov.uk