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Fire chiefs warn over industrial action

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 26, 2014

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FIRE chiefs have urged people to take ‘extra care’ during strikes by firefighters next month.

Crews will man the picket lines in May after efforts to reach an agreement – over proposals which would see them work until they are 60 to get their full pension – fell apart.

Firefighters will strike:

l Between noon and 5pm on Friday, May 2;

l Between 2pm and 2am on Saturday, May 3;

l Between 10am and 3pm on Sunday, May 4.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service area manager Gavin Tomlinson 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 of any kind.”

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