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FBU ProtestTHE FIRE BRIGADES UNION has announced this week9 that its operational firefighter members (not including Control staff) will be taking discontinuous strike action on Wednesday 25th September 2013 between 12noon and 4pm over a pensions dispute with government.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service s Chief Fire Officer, Richard Hanningan, said: We have confidence in our robust plans that will enable us to provide an emergency response service. However this will be greatly reduced from what we can ordinarily provide and what the public expect.

There will be no assistance available from Ministry of Defence sources in respect of staff or equipment.

However, not all firefighters in the Humberside area will take part in the strike action as not all are members of the Union.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer and Director of Safety, Chris Blacksell, said: As there will be fewer fire engines available to attend incidents during periods of industrial action 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; by having working smoke alarms fitted in your home, you will be alerted quickly should a fire break out. A bedtime check is a quick and simple task 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 precautions.

FBU-pensions-campaign-badge.pngMatt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union General Secretary, said: This initial strike is a warning shot to government.

Firefighters could not be more serious about protecting public safety and ensuring fair pensions.

Governments in Westminster and Cardiff have simply refused to see sense on these issues.

It is ludicrous to expect firefighters to fight fires and rescue families in their late-50s: the lives of the general public and firefighters themselves will be endangered.

None of us want a strike, but we cannot compromise on public and firefighter safety.


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