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Christmas and new year strikes for fire service

The Fire Brigades Union has announced it will strike on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and on New Year's Day.

The strikes come as part of a disagreement with the Government over changes to firefighters' pensions and working arrangements.

The action will involve firefighters working across our region including Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

During these periods, most of us will be safely at home with friends and family but we are once again asking people to Take Extra Care to reduce risk as much as possible. As before, we will still be answering and responding to 999 calls, although we will be prioritising ‘life critical’ incidents, such as house fires and road traffic collisions where people are trapped. You can help keep yourself and your family safe by ensuring you have smoke alarms fitted to every level of your home and testing the batteries regularly to make sure they are working."

– Andy Fry, RBFRS Chief Fire Officer

Hampshire Fire and Rescue reassure public over strike

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are reassuring the public that emergency calls will be answered and responded to during the planned strike by the Fire Brigade Union.

The FBU have planned a four hour strike in a row over pensions. It will take place on Wednesday 25th September, between 12noon and 4pm.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service will remain in operation as usual but are also calling for the public to help reduce unnecessary calls during that time.

Deputy Chief Officer Dave Curry said, "I want to reassure the public that we will be answering emergency calls and responding to them in the same way during the planned periods of industrial action.

"We urge the public to be vigilant during the strike and take extra precautions to prevent fires."