Warwickshire firefighters will stage a second strike

FBU Official Picket at Rugby Fire Station in September 2013
FBU Official Picket at Rugby Fire Station in September 2013

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) have confirmed that firefighters in England and Wales are to stage a second strike on Saturday (October 19).

This will be the second strike in recent weeks after firefighters went on strike towards the end of September.

Saturday’s strike will be for a longer period of time, from 6.30pm to 11.30pm, over its ongoing dispute with Government over proposed changes to pensions.

Andy Hickmott, Chief Fire Officer of Warwickshire said: “We had hoped that this national dispute would be resolved swiftly and that further strike action could be avoided.

“This second strike will be held on a Saturday evening when people may be relaxing at home or out visiting friends so we want the public to be extra vigilant over safety in the home and on the roads.

“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. This can be viewed on our website at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fireandrescue.”