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Fire strike action this week
FIREFIGHTERS will go on strike just days before bonfire night, following postponed action earlier this month.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will be taking part in industrial action from 6.30pm to 11pm on Friday and between 6am and 8am next Monday.
A Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service statement said the action would affect all operational staff who were FBU members and eligible to join a firefighters’ pension scheme but would not affect control room staff, emergency call handlers or support staff.
The move comes after a strike planned for Saturday, October 19 was called off by the union, which is in dispute with the Government over pension changes.
The fire service statement said it would be holding talks with the union and Government to try to prevent strike action taking place.
It added a strike would result in a “significant reduction” of available resources, adding a basic service would be provided, with the “most urgent calls” prioritised.
Area Commander Jon Pryce, head of operations for the service, said: “While the industrial action is ongoing we will still be responding to 999 calls but we will be asking members of the public to take extra steps to reduce the risk of fire breaking out in their home.
“We would ask people to ensure they have working smoke alarms in their homes, as this can provide them with an early warning if a fire should break out in their home. Above all else, please remain vigilant.”
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