fire crew set to join national strike over pensions
in Burnham-On-Sea are set to join crews across the country in
striking this coming week to protest over pension reforms.
four-hour walkout will take place on Wednesday (25th September)
Tam McFarlane of
the South West Fire Brigades Union told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"I fully expect that Burnham-On-Sea's fire crew will be joining
the action. There's a lot of strong feeling across the south west
regarding the proposed pension reforms which will have a hugely
negative impact on our members. There is also a lot of sympathy
from the general public too."
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been reassured that Devon and
Somerset Fire & Rescue Service will operate a reduced emergency
service to provide protection.
Paul Slaven told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Services may be reduced
in the Burnham area but we will have resilience crews operating
to provide cover as needed."
Fire Officer Lee Howell added: "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."
80% of members of the Fire Brigades Union voted for industrial
action in a ballot earlier in September.