Firefighters are on strike today in North Lincolnshire over the long running pensions dispute that as yet shows no sign of resolution.
The 24-hour industrial action is the latest in a series of recent strikes by members of the Fire Brigades’ Union over pensions and retirement age.
Members of the FBU claim the pension scheme Westminster wants to implement is unworkable.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “Government ministers have ignored three written requests in the last few weeks by the union to meet to try to resolve this dispute.”
Firefighters from all across the UK will attend a rally in Westminster today in a ‘No More Lies’ protest that aims to hold the government accountable for ‘misleading’ firefighters and the public over terms.
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service urges members of the public to take extra safety precautions during strike hours.
Chief Fire Officer at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Dene Sanders, said: “While the industrial action is ongoing we will still be responding to 999 calls, but we are asking members of the public to take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home as life risk calls will be the priority.”
Fires can start for a variety of reasons, from cooking being left unattended, to electrical faults, candles being placed too close to furnishings or cigarettes not being fully extinguished. The advice from the Fire Service is ensure smoke alarms are fitted on every level of your home and to check they are working.
“Smoke detectors provide an early warning of a fire and can give occupants vital extra minutes to escape, especially at night. But a smoke alarm can only save your life if it is working and the battery is checked regularly,” Mr Sanders said.
“If you do have a fire, get out of the house, stay out and call 999.”