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24 October 2014 - Fire Brigades Union strike

Fire Brigades Union strike

There will be a Fire Brigade Union strike from 31 October 6pm to 4 November 6pm.

Ann Millington, Chief Executive of Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) said: “We are clearly very disappointed that a further strike has been called by the FBU, especially on Halloween and during the lead up to bonfire night when fireworks are on sale.  The dispute is between the union and the government and KFRS is not involved at all in the negotiations.  As we have with the other strikes we will be taking 999 calls and working hard to provide a service by locating fire engines at strategic locations around the county.  However we will not be operating at the normal level, so we need local people and businesses to take extra precautions”.

KFRS is asking the public and businesses to take extra care during the strike. In particular:

  • KFRS does not want to spoil anyone’s fun, but we do have less resources during the strike so the public are asked to take extra care with Halloween candles, lanterns, fireworks and bonfires during the lead up to bonfire night.
  • We are asking people to please consider moving any home bonfire parties and fireworks to a day outside the strike period so that limited resources can be prioritised for lifesaving emergencies.
  • During the strike before you go out or to bed take five minutes to unplug unused electrical items, don’t overload sockets, check your smoke alarm, and if you are at home do not leave cooking unattended.

Note to editors

  • The strike negotiations are between the Government and the Fire Brigades Union. KFRS is not involved.
  • Those negotiations have now ended and the Fire Minister is putting the new pension scheme before Parliament shortly for implemented in April 2015
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