reassured as four-day fire strike continues in Burnham
in Burnham-On-Sea have been reassured that safety won't be put
at risk as firefighters in the town join a nationwide four-day
strike, which started on Friday and runs until November 4th in
a row over pensions.
Fire Brigades Union says its members across England have walked
out, from 6pm on 31st October, until 4th November at 6pm.
Devon Somerset Fire & Rescue Service says it has "substantial
contingency plans" in place to ensure that it continues to
respond to emergency incidents throughout the strike action -
including during Monday's Burnham
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 this date
of industrial action."
plans have worked well during the previous periods of action,
but we are asking the public to help us again by taking extra
care. 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, added:
"You can help us again by taking extra care, especially over
the weekend as many people will be enjoying Bonfire celebrations.
While most people enjoy fireworks responsibly, in the wrong hands
they can cause real misery. Remember that fireworks are explosives,
and as such should be treated with respect and only used in accordance
with the manufacturers instructions and the Firework Code."
time to also 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."
officials say that under the government's proposals, firefighters
will have to work until they are 60 instead of 55, pay more into
their pensions and get less in retirement.
general secretary Matt Wrack said: "Firefighters are incandescent
following two months of negotiations which have led to no new
proposals. "Firefighters will not stand by and see our members'
pension rights destroyed by a government which does not give a
damn about the safety or wellbeing of firefighters or the long
public do not want 60-year-olds tackling fires. Everyone understands
the stupidity of these plans - except government ministers. We
remain committed to resolving this dispute in the interests of
our members and the public at large."
Minister Penny Mordaunt said the strike action was "completely
unnecessary" and damaged the fire and rescue service's "good
industrial action over the past 18 months has seen fire authorities
spend millions hiring contractors to cover for striking FBU members.
have been 46 separate periods of strike action in that time. The
FBU said it expects about 36,000 firefighters to take part in
the latest walkout.