Cornwall firefighters to join national strike over Government pension reforms
Firefighters in Cornwall will join a national strike over pension reforms.
Fire Brigade Union members have voted in favour of a national strike -expected to be staged next week -in a dispute with the Government over changes to firefighters' pensions.
The Union has announced a four hour stoppage next Wednesday starting at noon.
Cornwall Fire Rescue Service (CRFS) is urging for the public to take extra care during the strike period.
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Despite the action, every Fire and Rescue Service has a legal duty to maintain a level of service to local communities as best it can to keep the public safe and will continue to respond to 999 calls, prioritising those where lives are at risk.
Cornwall Fire Rescue Service (CRFS) chief fire officer Des Tidbury said: "This is a national dispute between members of the Fire Brigades Union and the Government over proposed changes to pensions and is not directed against Cornwall Council or Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service.
“While the industrial action will inevitably have an impact on fire and rescue services, residents in Cornwall will not be left without emergency cover in life threatening situations."
In the weeks running up to the strike action, CRFS, has been preparing contingency plans to maintain minimum levels of cover for dealing with major fire, serious floods or road traffic collisions.
It is also working closely with partners including the police and ambulance services to ensure emergency services are maintained throughout any industrial action.
The strike will impact on non-emergency calls and situations such as automated fire alarms from businesses and other non-essential activities will not be responded to.
Prevention and safety messages are available to businesses and the public on the council’s website.