Firefighters to strike in Rugby

Three fire engines were sent to tackle the blaze
Three fire engines were sent to tackle the blaze

Firefighters in Rugby will be going on strike from Friday until Tuesday in action described as “regrettable” by one of the county’s fire chiefs.

The Fire Brigades Union has confirmed that firefighters in England are to stage further strikes over its on-going dispute with the Government over proposed changes to pensions.

It will start at 6pm on Friday and finish at 6pm on Tuesday.

Gary Phillips, deputy chief fire officer of Warwickshire, said: “It is regrettable that the FBU has announced further strike dates regarding the on-going pension’s dispute with the Government, especially as the new dates are so close to Bonfire Night when demands on the Fire and Rescue Service can be higher.

“We will once again implement our contingency plan to provide the best possible fire service to the community while strike action takes place.”

“We will be taking 999 calls during the strike, but we may not be able to respond to all requests as we anticipate a reduced level of cover. We have a set of tried and tested plans and previous experience, but we are not complacent. 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.”

Cllr Les Caborn, the councillor responsible for community safety, added: “We would ask people to make 999 calls wisely and only request the fire service if you really need them.”

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