Warning ahead of another fire service strike in West Norfolk

Fire Brigade Union official picket  outside Stanground fire station. ENGEMN00120130925130300
Fire Brigade Union official picket outside Stanground fire station. ENGEMN00120130925130300
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Residents in West Norfolk are being warned to be vigilant ahead of a scheduled strike by firefighters next week.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) across England are due to stage a 24-hour strike from 7am next Wednesday, February 25, as part of a long-running dispute with the government over pensions.

A statement posted on the Norfolk Fire Service’s website this week said steps had been taken to ensure that the service would continue to operate during the period of the strike.

But it warned that cover was likely to be reduced and response times to incidents were likely to increase.

It added: “The vigilance and management of responsible persons can reduce the risk of fire.”

The latest action in the two-year dispute was called as union leaders accused the government of misleading Parliament about assurances it claimed fire authorities have given to staff if they fail fitness tests.

The union insists that no such guarantees had been made or were planned by fire authorities.

However, the government maintains that it is still offering firefighters one of the most generous pension packages available in the public sector.

Ministers also argue the strike will only serve to damage the reputation of the service.