Second fire service strike this weekend

Ilkeston Fire fighters strike.
Ilkeston Fire fighters strike.
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Ilkeston firefighters are set to go on strike for a second time in a month on Saturday (October 19).

The Fire Brigade Union (FBU) is still not happy with changes to pensions and a five-hour strike will take place from 6.30pm to 11.30pm, during which time a reduced level of emergency response firefighters will be available.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue has advised residents to ‘endeavour to prevent further emergencies’ during the industrial action.

Area manager Bryan Bennett said: “Once again we are asking members of the public to take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home and to take extra care when driving on the roads during this time.

“It is essential that everyone ensures that they have a working smoke alarm fitted on every level of their home, to provide vital early warning of a fire and give occupants crucial time to escape.”

The last strikes took place across the country on September 25.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “No firefighter wants to strike, and it’s desperately disappointing that governments in Westminster and Cardiff continue to deny reality over pensions costs and the need for a pension scheme that reflects the job firefighters do.”