Firefighters prepare for another strike after two in four days

 

People were urged to take extra care when staging bonfire and firework parties during the walkout by firefighters

People were urged to take extra care when staging bonfire and firework parties during the walkout by firefighters last Friday

Firefighters in Avon today announced they would be joining another national walkout next Wednesday, 13th November.

It follows three previous periods of industrial action, including two in the last week.

In an on-going dispute with the Government over pensions, the Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) walked out yesterday from 6am to 8am. It followed their four-and-a-half hour strike last Friday evening – a busy night in the run-up to Guy Fawkes Night.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer Kevin Pearson urged people to go to organised displays and to take extra care if they were staging their own bonfire and firework parties.

During the strikes, a skeleton service has operated from six strategic locations across the Avon Fire & Rescue Service area but fire chiefs have warned that the resilience plans put in place during industrial action are not a direct replacement for the service normally provided.

Next Wednesday’s walkout is from 10am to 2pm.