Take care warning as fire crews take strike action

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Suffolk and Norfolk fire services have urged people to take care uring next week’s half-day strike.

The Fire Brigades Union has announced strike action next Wednesday afternoon saying the Government is refusing to negotiate over changes to pensions, including retirement age changing from 55 to 60.

Suffolk FBU secretary Roy Humphrey said members would be outside fire stations picketing but said their dispute is with the Government not the county.

Though the fire services say they will maintain emergency cover they appeal for vigilance.

Councillor Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for public protection, said: “Although there will be a limited service during this period I would encourage members of the public to remain vigilant and take sensible precautions to help prevent the risk of fire or other emergencies.

“Checking smoke alarms and those of elderly or vulnerable family and friends, and being extra careful when cooking or discarding of any smoking materials will help reduce the risk of fire.

”I would also ask drivers to take extra care on the roads in order to minimise the risk of incidents.”

Dan Roper, Cabinet Member for Public Protection at Norfolk County Council, said: “This will be a testing time for us and we hope for a speedy and constructive resolution to the dispute. Our first priority is to protect Norfolk people and so we will do all we can to keep services running as smoothly as possible.

“This is a time when we need to ask Norfolk people to help us by taking all necessary precautions to prevent fires breaking out and observing speed limits and taking extra care when driving.”