WARWICKSHIRE'S chief fire officer, Andy Hickmott, urged residents and businesses to take extra care between noon and 4pm today (Wednesday) during the four-hour strike being staged by firefighters.
The strike throughout England and Wales has been called by the Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) as “a shot across the bows” in a dispute with the government over proposed changes to pensions.
Mr Hickmott said: “It is regrettable that the FBU announced strike dates and we had hoped that this national dispute would have been resolved without the need for industrial action.
“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 are also urging residents and businesses to take extra care. We have been actively putting out safety awareness messages to make people more vigilant since the FBU announced its decision to strike. We have also been asking the public to think and to make any 999 calls wisely.
“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 communities 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.”
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