WARWICKSHIRE’S chief fire officer, Andy Hickmott, said yesterday (Wednesday) that the fire service wanted to ensure that the county’s residents were kept safe during the four-hour strike by firefighters planned for Wednesday 25th September.
This week the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) confirmed firefighters in England and Wales would take strike action next Wednesday from mid-day to 4pm over its ongoing dispute with government concerning proposed changes to firefighters’ pensions.
Mr Hickmott said: “It is regrettable that the FBU have now announced strike dates but we hope this national dispute will be resolved swiftly.
“In the meantime we want to ensure that the people of Warwickshire are kept safe and I can reassure all members of the community that we have robust plans in place to continue to provide an effective fire and rescue service to the whole of the county.
“We will also be urging residents and businesses to take extra care and we will be putting out safety awareness messages to make people more vigilant. We will also be asking the public to think and to make any 999 calls wisely.”
Mr Hickmott added: “We have been working with partners for some time to ensure that there is effective business continuity and to minimise any risks but we will need the community’s support.
“This is a testing time for the UK fire and rescue service but we are taking every precaution to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.”
Attempts by the Herald to get a comment from Warwickshire FBU yesterday were unsuccessful.
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