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Notts, Derbyshire & South Yorkshire: Firefighters strike Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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Firefighters in our area will walk out on strike later today (Friday) and over the weekend.

The industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will affect services across Notts, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.

The walk-out is happening as part of a long standing dispute with the Government over pensions.

Staff at our nearest stations, including Worksop, Retford, Clowne, Maltby and Aston, are expected to take part.

A period of strike action will take place today Friday 2nd May from 12 noon until 5pm.

Tomorrow, Saturday 3rd May, firefighters will walk out between 2pm to 2am on Sunday morning.

And again on Sunday 4th May there will be action between 10am and 3pm.

Most fire regional services said they would provide a basic level of firefighting cover during the strike periods.

But they warned that the 999 response service will be severely depleted.

South Yorkshire’s chief fire officer James Courtney said: “Our emergency response service will be significantly reduced during the strike period, so the best way to stay protected is to have working smoke alarms on every level of your home.”

“If you do discover a fire don’t attempt to tackle it yourself- get out, stay out and still call 999.”

One of the strike periods falls on a Saturday evening, traditionally a busy time for alcohol related fires.

Mr Courtney said: “We’re also mindful that quite a few people will be using the long weekend as a chance to celebrate, but if you do go out drinking, don’t attempt to cook when you get home - buy a takeaway instead.”

Notts Fire and Rescue chief fire officer John Buckley said: “The service will respond to incidents with trained firefighters using recognised fire and rescue equipment.”

“But, with the level of operational cover significantly lower than usual, it may take longer for crews to get there.”

“People should be particularly careful when travelling on our roads, which can be extremely busy at this time of year.”

Mr Buckley said people could also help by only dialling 999 in a genuine emergency.

 

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