Firefighters to stage strike

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) across the country are taking industrial action in a dispute with the Government over pension services

Firefighters to stage industrial action

Firefighters across the country are going on strike today in a row with the Government over proposals to change pension services.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) are staging industrial action from 4pm to 12pm.

The planned strike has seen some authorities, including Cleveland Fire Brigade, train auxiliary firefighters to provide emergency cover during the disruption to services.

Cleveland Fire Brigade "disappointed" strike will go ahead

Cleveland Fire Brigade has said it is "disappointed" that members of the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) will go on strike today.

Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said:

"We are disappointed that a negotiated settlement could not be reached in this national dispute. The safety of our communities is, and always will be our number one priority, and I can reassure the public we will provide a professional emergency response throughout any period of disruption. We will respond promptly to all emergency calls received and the community volunteers who have come forward to be trained as auxiliary firefighters will play a large part in that response."

"We are asking members of the public to take extra care in order to reduce the risk of a fire in their homes, businesses and communities. Over the next few days we will provide advice, support and guidance on how to stay safe in the press, online and distributed across Cleveland, so please take some time to access and read this potentially lifesaving information."

– Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer at Cleveland Fire Brigade

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