Fire Brigades Union announces further strike dates
Between 7pm and midnight on Tuesday December 24
Between 6.30pm on Tuesday December 31 and 12.30am on Wednesday January 1
Between 6.30am and 8.30am on Friday January 3
The FBU has also announced that its members will be taking part in Action Short of Strike Action during the following period:
Friday 27th December 2013 from 7pm until Sunday 29th December 2013 at 7pm - where FBU members will not undertake voluntary overtime.
This trade dispute between the Fire Brigades Union and National Government relates to proposed changes to Firefighters pensions.
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service has a statutory duty to plan for industrial action in order to maintain an operational response capability. As such, the Service has in place a robust plan to deal with periods of industrial action.
During strike action there will be a reduction of the Service’s available resources. However, plans are in place to continue to provide appropriate emergency fire cover across the two counties. This reduced fire cover is likely to provide a basic service and will aim to prioritise the most urgent calls ahead of other responses.
Area Commander Jon Pryce, Head of Operations for Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, said: “While the industrial action is on-going we will still be responding to 999 calls, but we will be asking members of the public to take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home.
“We realise that people may be concerned about strike action being called over the Christmas and New Year period and whilst we wouldn’t want to deter festive celebrations we would ask people to take some simple steps to keep themselves and their families safe.
“We would ask people to ensure they have working smoke alarms in their homes as this can provide them with an early warning if a fire should break out in their home. Above all else please remain vigilant.”