Published: September 18, 2013
Firefighters across Somerset to go on strike next Wednesday

Firefighters in the Burnham-On-Sea area look set to go on strike next week to protest over pension reforms.

Almost 80% of members of the Fire Brigades Union voted for industrial action in a ballot earlier this month.

A four-hour walkout will take place next Wednesday 25th September from 12noon-4pm.

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service says it will mean a reduced emergency service, but plans are in place to provide protection.

Whilst 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.

Chief 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."

Phil 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."

He 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 usual timescales.

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