fire strikes planned for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve
in Burnham-On-Sea are set to strike again on three days over 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.
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.
industrial action comes after a previous six strikes over the
past few months following a row with the Government over pensions.
& 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
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."
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."