The Fire Brigades Union has announced that it plans to take strike action on Wednesday, September 25 from 12 noon until 4pm.
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has robust plans in place to provide a service during any period of strike action – although this will not be business as usual.
The service is writing to businesses in the county to help them to minimise the risk from fire, as well as urging residents to take steps to protect themselves and their homes from the risks of fire and other emergencies.
Councillor Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council said: “We are obviously disappointed to hear that issues between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and the Government over reform of the fire-fighters pension scheme have not been resolved.
“The council in its role as Northumberland Fire Authority has a duty to ensure it has robust plans in place to provide a fire and rescue response during industrial action, and we will be putting these plans into action.
“We must stress that it will not be business as usual however, and homes and businesses should take extra precautions.”
Alex Bennett, chief fire officer for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, added: “We will be urging people to take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from the risks of fire, including ensuring they have working smoke alarms fitted in their homes.
“We will also be contacting businesses and other premises to assist them in further minimising the risk from fire and other emergencies.”