13:31 Friday 11 October 2013

Firefighters to strike for second time in less than a month

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

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FIREFIGHTERS in Burton and South Derbyshire are to strike for the second time in the space of a month.

Crews will down tools again on October 19 as their row with the Government regarding proposed changes to pensions rumbles on.

Following the four-hour strike on September 25, firefighters will this time walk out for an extra hour.

Services will be disrupted between 6.30pm and 11.30pm.

Following the first round of strikes, the Fire Brigades Union called on the Government to return to the negotiating table, but have taken the decision only a fortnight later the announce the next wave of action.

Ahead of the lastest strikes, fire chiefs have relased information and advice to the public in a bid to reduce emergencty calls.

During last month’s strikes, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service reported that it received no emergency calls, with bosses hoping for the same this time around.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service area manager Bryan Bennett said: “As demonstrated during the industrial action which took place in September, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service 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 this time.

“We would like to reiterate that everyone needs to take extra care to prevent emergencies from occurring during the strike period, whether at home, travelling or whilst at work.”

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