across Somerset to go on strike next Wednesday
in the Burnham-On-Sea area look set to go on strike next week
to protest over pension reforms.
80% of members of the Fire Brigades Union voted for industrial
action in a ballot earlier this month.
four-hour walkout will take place next Wednesday 25th September
& Somerset Fire & Rescue Service says it will mean a reduced
emergency service, but plans are in place to provide protection.
the issue is a matter between the Fire Brigades Union and Government,
every fire service has a legal duty to maintain a level of service
to local communities as best it can.
Fire Officer Lee Howell said: "Like all other Fire and Rescue
Services, we have contingency plans prepared and will now put
these arrangements in place ahead of the first strike. We will
continue to respond to 999 calls and will do everything we can
to keep the public safe, including during any national fire strike."
Martin, Head of Community Fire Safety for the Service, added:
"You can help us 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."
added that businesses are also reminded to be mindful of their
responsibilities, as during periods of industrial action the service
may not be able to respond to fire safety enquiries within its