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Fire service prepares for more strikes
GLOUCESTERSHIRE Fire and Rescue Service has once again reassured communities it will maintain a professional service during two national strikes.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has called for industrial action over a row over pensions, with strikes now planned for Friday from 6.30pm to 11pm and Monday from 6am to 8am.
Some wholetime staff and a smaller number of retained firefighters in the county are members of the FBU and could support the strike.
The Union called a four-hour strike in September and, although contingency resources were largely not called upon, the service had 24 engines at its disposal – just short of the average.
Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall said: “The significant contingency plans we have once again put in place mean that, for the Gloucestershire service, it’s pretty much business as usual.
“As always I would urge residents and business owners to make sure they do everything they can to stay safe in their homes or workplace.”
Meanwhile, Gary Phillips, deputy chief fire officer of Warwickshire
said their contingency plans were also in place.
“It is regrettable that the FBU has announced further strike dates in the on-going pensions dispute with Government, especially as the new dates called are so close to Bonfire Night when demands on the Fire and Rescue Service can be higher," he said.
“Warwickshire FRS will once again implement its contingency plan to provide the best possible fire service to the community while strike action takes place."
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