Firefighters to stage new 24-hour strike

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The Fire Brigades Union is staging its latest period of industrial action next week as part of its on-going national dispute with the Government over pensions.

The strike will be the 18th period of action to take place in the dispute over reform of firefighter pension schemes.

It will take place from 9am on Tuesday to 9am on Wednesday.

Alex Bennett, chief fire officer for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said: “As always, when there are periods of strike action, we’re asking people to remain extra vigilant.

“Many people now have their Christmas decorations up and it’s important people check any festive lights are in good working order and aren’t left on when the house is empty.

“At this time of year, people also need to take more care on the roads and leave extra time for journeys as lower temperatures can 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. However, it’s important to stress it will not be business as usual.

“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 and precautions homes and businesses can take, go to www.northumberland.gov.uk