Extra bonfire care urged as Firefighters announce strike action for this evening
9:22am Friday 1st November 2013 in News
Anyone planning bonfire night celebrations this evening (Friday) are urged to take extra care after members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) announced they will take strike action from 6.30pm to 11pm.
The walk out is part of a national trade dispute with Government in relation to the reform of Fire Service Pension Schemes.
Firefighters will also strike between 6am and 8am on Monday November 4.
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said it has robust contingency plans in place and will continue to operate business as usual as far as reasonably practicable during both periods.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Chris Davies is urging residents and businesses within mid and west Wales to take extra care.
ACFO Chris Davies said: “Whilst we appreciate the concerns some of our staff have in respect of proposed Government cuts to pensions our number one priority is to ensure public safety by providing the best possible service throughout this period of strike action.
“Our contingency planning is continuing to go well and we are fortunate to have a number of operational staff who are not affiliated with the Fire Brigades Union and will be working as usual during this period of action.
“I would like to remind the public that Friday night’s strike is taking place at a time when many people will be considering going to watch firework displays or having their own Halloween or bonfire party.
“There is no avoiding the fact that our emergency response will be slightly reduced during this period and as such I would encourage everyone to enjoy fireworks at a properly organised public display and discourage the public from opting for celebrations at home.
“Fire risks in the home do heighten at this time of year and I would urge residents and businesses throughout mid and west Wales to keep this in mind and take extra care by familiarising themselves with our safety advice which is available on our website and social media channels. In the event of an emergency, however, the public must still dial 999 and an emergency response will be provided”. In order to help people prepare for taking extra care and reducing the risk to communities and businesses, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service has published safety advice and guidance on its website http://www.mawwfire.gov.uk/English/Newsroom/Industrial-Action/Safety_Advice_for_the_public/Pages/default.aspx and social networking sites – see www.facebook.com/mawwfire or follow on Twitter @mawwfire
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