Published: December 19, 2013
More fire strikes planned for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve

Firefighters in Burnham-On-Sea are set to strike again on three days over the Christmas holidays.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced that thousands of firefighters across the country will walk out for a total of 14 hours over the three dates.

The strikes will take place between 7pm and midnight on Tuesday December 24th, then between 6.30pm on Tuesday December 31st and 12.30am on Wednesday January 1st. A third strike will be held from 6.30am-8.30am on Friday January 3rd.

The industrial action comes after a previous six strikes over the past few months following a row with the Government over pensions.

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service says it has substantial contingency plans in place to ensure that we will continue to respond to emergency incidents, however it says the public should recognise the strikes will have an impact on the service's normal arrangements.

Chief 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 these dates for industrial action over the festive period. Our plans have worked well during the previous periods of action, but we are asking the public to help us again by taking extra care during the festive period. We will continue to respond to 999 calls and do everything we can to keep the public safe."

Phil Martin, Head of Community Fire Safety for the Service, said: "Residents can help us again by taking extra care and time to think about fire safety in their homes 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 service."


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