Firefighters set for another strike

Firefighters plan to strike next week as part of an ongoing national dispute with the Government.

The strike is the latest period of action to take place in the dispute over reform of firefighter pension schemes.

The Fire Brigades Union has decided to take 24 hours of action from 7am on Wednesday, February 25.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service Deputy Chief Fire Officer Paul Hedley said: “As always when there are periods of strike action we’re asking everyone to remain extra vigilant.

“Although it hasn’t been a severe winter, people need to take care on the roads and leave plenty of time for journeys as lower temperatures can still bring icy conditions, increasing the risk of accidents.

“The public can be reassured we have robust plans in place to provide a fire and rescue response during industrial action and are again putting these plans in place. It’s important to stress it will not be business as usual, however.

“We have also contacted businesses and other premises to assist them in further minimising the risk from fire and other emergencies.”

For more details on fire safety see www.northumberland.gov.uk