Fire crews resume strike action across Isle

Humberside Fire Service
Humberside Fire Service

A further firefighters’ strike will take place next week as a long running dispute over pensions continues.

The Fire Brigades Union will take industrial action from 9am on December 9 to 9am December 10, as it continues to battle the Government over plans to make firefighters work until the age of 60, instead of 55.

The public is reminded by Humberside Fire and Rescue Service that there will be a reduced service and so utmost care should be taken to prevent fires.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Dene Sanders, said: “We are continually assessing and reviewing our contingency plans so that the best possible service can be delivered at times of strike action. We will continue to operate an adequate service and to achieve this we need to draw on some of our current staff as well as reservists.

“The service will be reduced from what we can ordinarily provide and what the public expect.”

He continued: “As there will be fewer fire engines available to attend incidents it is even more important that people take extra care to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. I would urge everyone to ensure their homes have smoke detectors and to test them each week. Checking all appliances are turned off and closing all internal doors are simple tasks to help make sure a fire doesn’t start when you go to bed. I would also urge drivers to take extra care on the roads and businesses to take extra safety precautions.”

Safety information is available on the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service website.

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