Further fire strike action planned

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.

The Fire Brigades Union has announced a series of strikes over eight continuous days, starting on Monday.

As with previous periods of industrial action, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has plans in place to provide a service during these strikes, but it will not be business as usual.

The service has contacted businesses in the county to help them to minimise the risk from fire, and also urges residents to take steps to protect themselves and their homes from the risks of fire and other emergencies.

Alex Bennett, chief fire office for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We have plans in place to provide a fire and rescue response during industrial action but we must reiterate that it is not business as usual.

“We are asking people to be extra vigilant over these eight days. People should take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones and ensure they have working smoke alarms fitted in their homes and workplaces.

“It is also worth reminding people to take extra care when driving during these strike periods to reduce the chance of a road traffic accident.”

The strikes will take place on the following dates and times: Monday, July 14: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm; Tuesday, July 15: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm; Wednesday, July 16: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm; Thursday, July 17: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm; Friday, July 18: 6am–8am and 11pm–1am; Saturday, July 19: 11am–1pm and 11pm–1am; Sunday, July 20: 5pm–7pm; Monday, July 21: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm.