Cornwall Firefighters strike again tonight
Firefighters across Cornwall had a strike last night as part of an on-going national dispute over pensions.
Members of the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) staged a four hour strike last night and they will strike again tonight from 6pm until 10pm.
There was one chimney fire last night at Plain-an-Gwarry, near Marazion at 6.30pm that firefighters attended while the strike was taking place.
Firefighters used a stirrup pump and rods to extinguish the fire in the chimney of an open fire.
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Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service chief fire officer Des Tidbury said: “I’m asking businesses to take extra care when shutting up shop on Friday and Saturday evening and take note of our top tips for keeping businesses safe from fire.
“The most important thing to remember is that if you do have a fire, get out of the building, stay out and call 999 – you will get an emergency response.
“We will continue to respond to emergency calls and will obviously prioritise those where lives are at risk.
“Public and firefighter safety remains of paramount importance and we will give the best service to the people of Cornwall within the limitations of the resources available to us.”
In recent months firefighters have held a series of strikes in protest against plans that would see an increase in pension contributions and the retirement age raised from 55 to 60.
Most firefighters take home approximately £1,650 a month and already pay £320 or more a month into their pensions according to the FBU.
From April 2014 this will rise for the third year in a row to over £340 a month, which is £4,000 a year, according to the FBU.