Firefighters to go on strike again next week

Firefighters to go on strike again next week

Simon Meechan

Firefighters to go on strike again next week

Firefighters will once again go on strike on Thursday, July 10.

The Fire Brigades Union has announced the industrial action, which it called as it is in a dispute with central government over changes to pensions and working arrangements

The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service has put in a contingency plan to provide cover during the strike, which runs from 10am to 7pm.

Chief Fire Officer Andy Fry said: “Once again, we are urging people to take extra care during this forthcoming period of industrial action.  We will still be answering and responding to 999 calls, however, as we have done previously, we will be prioritising ‘life critical’ incidents, such as house fires and road traffic collisions where people are trapped. 

“You can help us by only dialling 999 in a genuine emergency."

“There are lots of very simple steps you can take to help keep yourself and your loved ones safe, so please take the time to do so before the strike action begins. 

“For example, please make sure you have smoke alarms fitted to every level of your home and test the batteries every week to check they are working. 

“It is also essential to make an escape plan in advance, to ensure that everyone in your household knows how to get out of the house quickly and safely in an emergency.

“Cooking fires account for more than half of all accidental fires in the home, so it is especially important to take extra care in the kitchen. 

“Never leave cooking unattended – if you have to leave the kitchen, even just to answer the door or the phone, always remove pans from the hob and turn the oven right down. 

“If the good weather continues and you are planning a barbecue, make sure you site it well away from sheds, fences and trees, and use approved lighter fuels – never petrol or paraffin – and only on cold coals.

Royal Berkshire crews attended 10 calls during their last strike on June 12 to June 13.

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