Fire Brigades Union announces further strike action for Saturday

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The Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) has announced that further national strike action will take place on Saturday, from 6.30pm-11.30pm.

This industrial action is taking place as a result of a dispute between the FBU and the Government regarding reforms to the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme.

Chief Fire Officer Mark Hardingham said: “We have now received notification of further strike action on Saturday October 19. Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service is currently operating as normal and we will again implement our contingency plans during this second period of strike action. Our focus remains strongly on protecting the people of Suffolk and those who visit our county.”

He advised people to be ‘extra vigilant’ during the strike and take ‘even greater care to prevent fires from breaking out’.

He said: “Most fires start in the kitchen, so keeping a really close eye on things when cooking is important. Take care when using candles and naked flames, and making sure that cigarettes are disposed of safely can make all the difference.

“We always recommend installing a fire detector in the home to provide an early warning of fire, well, now is the time to test this. Take extra care when driving - wearing a seat belt and not using a mobile phone when driving will also help reduce road risk.”

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