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Eight days of fire brigade strikes

Fire engine at Berwick Fire Station.

Fire engine at Berwick Fire Station.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is striking over eight continuous days.

The strikes will take place on the following dates and times:

Monday 14 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm

Tuesday 15 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm

Wednesday 16 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm

Thursday 17 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm

Friday 18 July: 6am–8am and 11pm–1am on Saturday 19th

Saturday 19 July: 11am–1pm and 11pm–1am on Sunday 20th

Sunday 20 July: 5pm–7pm

Monday 21 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm

As with previous periods of industrial action, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) has robust plans in place to provide a service during these strikes – but it will not be business as usual.

The service has contacted businesses in the county to help them to minimise the risk from fire, and also urges residents to take steps to protect themselves and their homes from the risks of fire and other emergencies.

Alex Bennett, chief fire office for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service said: “We have plans in place to provide a fire and rescue response during industrial action but we must reiterate that it is not business as usual.

“We are asking people to be extra vigilant over these eight days. People should take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones and ensure they have working smoke alarms fitted in their homes and workplaces.

“It is also worth reminding people to take extra care when driving during these strike periods to reduce the chance of a road traffic accident.”

More details and advice on fire safety and precautions that homes and businesses can take is available on www.northumberland.gov.uk/fire

 

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