More strikes for St Albans district firefighters

Firefighters on their last strike

Firefighters on their last strike - Credit: Archant

A further two Fire Brigades Union strikes have been planned over the next coming days as the fight against a proposed Government pension plan continues for crews.

Firefighters across the district will stand down from 6.30pm to 11pm on this Friday and again on Monday, November 4, from 6am to 8am.

Councillor Richard Thake, cabinet member for community safety and planning, said: “We are disappointed that the Fire Brigades Union has announced two further strikes and it’s important that people are vigilant and take extra care during the walkouts.

“Although there will be fewer resources, we have planned for this and have put in place contingency plans. In the event that the strike action does go ahead we will be responding as quickly as possible to serious incidents. In the event of a fire you should still get out, stay out, and call 999 – you will get an emergency response.”

Roy Wilsher, director of community protection and chief fire officer, said: “It’s unlikely that you will be involved in a fire or accident but we do want to urge people to be extra cautious during the strikes.

“Safety needs to be everyone’s priority; there will be celebrations taking place for Halloween, bonfire night and Diwali this week and over the weekend so it’s particularly important to take extra care.

“If you are planning on taking part in the celebrations make sure you only buy fireworks from a registered trader and follow the instructions carefully for each firework. Do not leave candles unattended and supervise children and teenagers at all times and stand well back from any fireworks display.

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“For those who will be driving to work or dropping children off at school on Monday during the strike action, remember to watch your speed and look out for hazards and other road users.”

Firefighters had planned a strike earlier in the month but this was cancelled following a successful meeting over pensions between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and the Government.