Emergency cover promised during firefighter strike in Cornwall
Emergency cover will still be available during a strike by firefighters next week, it has been promised.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will carry out a four-hour strike on September 25 to protest against proposed changes to pension plans.
A spokesman for Cornwall Council said Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) had prepared “robust contingency plans” to deal with major fires, serious flooding or road traffic collisions.
The spokesman said: “However, the reduced staffing levels mean that CFRS will not be able to respond to non emergency situations such as automated fire alarms from businesses or other non essential activities.”
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Chief fire officer Des Tidbury said: “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.”
The FBU said almost 80 per cent of members voted in favour of industrial action.
Matt Wrack, general secretary, said: “This initial strike is a warning shot to government. Firefighters could not be more serious about protecting public safety and ensuring fair pensions.
“It is ludicrous to expect firefighters to fight fires and rescue families in their late-50s - the lives of the general public and firefighters themselves will be endangered.
“None of us want a strike, but we cannot compromise on public and firefighter safety.”