06:02AM, Thursday 29 August 2013
Firefighters could be set to carry out industrial action as part of a dispute with the Government over pension scheme changes and conditions of service.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) today announced that a ballot of members resulted in a 78 per cent vote in favour of industrial action.
It is not yet known when any potential action may take place.
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is asking people to take extra care during any periods of action, but has reassured the public emergency calls will be answered and the service will be responding to all life risk incidents.
Acting chief fire officer, Olaf Baars, said: "We would urge the public to be vigilant during the planned strike periods to help reduce unnecessary calls and take extra precautions to prevent fires in their own homes and businesses.
"We are also asking people to take extra care when driving. Please only consider calling 999 if there is a genuine need for a fire engine as we will prioritise calls where a life may be at risk or someone needs to be rescued."
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