Fire service announces further strikes

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Suffolk Fire Service has recommended people avoid amateur firework displays as further strikes are announced.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced two further strikes.

The first will take place between 6.30pm and 11pm on November 1 and the second between 6am and 8am on November 4.

Mark Hardingham. Chief Fire Officer, said: “We are prepared to deal with the further strikes which the Fire Brigades Union has announced. Once again we will implement our contingency arrangements, which will enable us to deliver a reduced service.

“The first strike date falls on the Friday before Bonfire Night. This is also just before Diwali and it also falls in the half term period, so we are advising people to take extra care with fireworks, bonfires and candles. in my experience it is safer for people to attend an organised firework display than to set off your own fireworks and light bonfires.

“Simple steps like testing your smoke alarm to check it’s working and keeping a close eye on candles and naked flames will help to keep people safe during the strikes.”

The FBU has said it called the strikes after government and fire employers failed to offer any firm guarantees for firefighters facing ‘no job and no pension’ as a result of pension changes.