firefighters strike due to be held in Burnham this Saturday
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been reassured that Devon and
Somerset Fire & Rescue Service will be operating a reduced
emergency service during a second strike this Saturday (October
Fire Brigades Union has announced Saturday's strike across the
UK will take place for five hours between 6.30pm-11.30pm in a
dispute with the Government over pension reforms.
Firefighters from Burnham-On-Sea look set to join the action and
whilst the issue is a matter between the Fire Brigades Union and
Government, every Fire & Rescue Service has a legal duty to
maintain a level of service to local communities as best it can.
Fire Officer for Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service,
Lee Howell, said: "Fire and Rescue Services have contingency
plans and ours will again be put into place ahead of this date
for industrial action. Our plans worked well during the first
period of action, but we are asking the public to help us again
by taking extra care. We will continue to respond to 999 calls
and do everything we can to keep the public safe."
Martin, Head of Community Fire Safety for the Service, added:
"You can help us again by taking extra care and time to think
about fire safety in your home during this period - checking smoke
alarms, ensuring you know what you would do if there was a fire
and not making unnecessary calls to the fire and rescue service."