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BREAKING: Firefighters join major strike plan

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 02, 2014

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FIREFIGHTERS are set to down tools and head behind the picket line - on a day of action which will also see teachers, school and council workers strike.

Fire crews across Burton and South Derbyshire have announced that they will head out on industrial action from 10am to 7pm on Thursday, July 10.

This will see them join millions of people walking out from work across the country in a row over pay and pensions.

Assistant chief fire officer Gavin Tomlinson, speaking on behalf of Derbyshire Fir and Rescue Service, said: “We will still be responding to 999 calls albeit at a reduced level.

“Once again we are asking members of the public to take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home and to take extra care when driving on the roads during times of industrial action.

“Fire can start for a variety of reasons, from cooking being left unattended, to electrical faults.

“It is therefore essential that everyone ensures that they have a working smoke alarm fitted on every level of their home, to provide vital early warning of a fire and to give occupants crucial time to escape.

“If you do have a fire, do not try to tackle this yourself, get out, stay out and call 999, we will respond.”

Fire crews will leave their posts in a row over pensions and wages that has been raging on now for more than three years.

Under the government’s proposals, firefighters who are forced to retire before the age of 60 as a result of ageing will have half of their pension taken away.

Last month, firefighters walked out for 24 hours as part of the row.

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