Rugby firefighters will go on strike for four and a half hours this evening (Friday) as Bonfire Night approaches.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) confirmed earlier this week that firefighters across England and Wales will stage two more strikes in an ongoing row with the government over proposed changes pensions.
They first went out on strike in September.
Firefighters from the town’s fire station and colleagues across the county will go on strike again tonight (Friday November 1) from 6.30pm to 11pm and again on Monday morning (November 4) from 6am to 8am.
Gary Phillips, Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Warwickshire said: “It is regrettable that the FBU has announced further strike dates in the on-going pensions dispute with Government, especially as the new dates called are so close to Bonfire Night when demands on the Fire and Rescue
Service can be higher.
“Warwickshire FRS will once again implement its contingency plan to provide the best possible fire service to the community while strike action takes place.
“This strike will be held on a Friday evening at the end of the working week when people are relaxing and we’d like to call on everyone to be extra vigilant over safety in the home.
“We’d also like to call on people to take extra care on the roads on Friday evening and on a busy Monday morning.
“We will be taking 999 calls during the strike but we won’t be able to respond to all requests as we anticipate a reduced level of cover. We have run a number of exercises to test our contingency planning to prepare for the strike.
“Our focus will be to prioritise calls where a life may be at risk or if someone needs to be rescued, our response must be to those most in need of our assistance.
“We would ask people to make 999 calls wisely so that only emergency calls are made but if in doubt then they must not hesitate to still call 999.
“We want the public to take extra care and have put safety information out and this can be viewed on our website www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fireandrescue ”
Top tips for Bonfire Night safety:
Young people should watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe
distance and follow the safety rules for using sparklers.
Only adults should deal with firework displays and the
lighting of fireworks. They should also take care of the
safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used.
1. Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
2. Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a
3. Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
4. Light the firework at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back.
5. Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
6. Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
7. Don’t put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
8. Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
9. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
10. Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.