Warning over firefighter’s strike

Chief Fire Officer Chris Kenny
Chief Fire Officer Chris Kenny
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Lancashire residents are being warned to be vigilant as the county’s firefighters carry out a four day strike.

Around half of all crews will be available between 6pm on Friday and 6pm on Tuesday as members of The Fire Brigades Union walk out in a dispute with the Government over pension reforms.

Retained crews and those not in the union will be providing extra cover.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Chris Kenny said: “This is a national dispute between the FBU and Government and is not a dispute between Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) and our firefighters.

“We do have a significant number of our staff who have given a commitment to maintain emergency cover and as a result the public can be reassured that the Service plan to keep fire engines in Lancashire operational during the dispute period.

“We would urge all members of the public to be extra vigilant however and be aware that for minor fires in particular, there may be a longer wait for a fire engine.

“I ask the public to take extra care to prevent a fire happening and encourage them to access the website we have set up to offer advice on how to do that at www.takeextracare.com.”

He added: “The focus for the Service in the short term will be on providing the best service possible with the resources available.

“In the longer term the challenge will be in bringing our workforce together after the dispute to re-establish the most professional service possible.”