Eight days of fire strikes to come

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Firefighters in Derbyshire are to stage eight consecutive days of strike action starting at the weekend.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is involved in a long running dispute over what it claims will be “unsafe and unrealistic” proposals which would see firefighters working longer and having their pensions cut.

The Government says the offer is among the most generous in the public sector.

Strikes will take place for three hours each day from Saturday, August 9 to Saturday August 16 from 12pm to 2pm and 10.59pm until 11.59pm.

Durng the action, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service will continue provide an emergency response service, albeit at a reduced level, it said.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Gavin Tomlinson, said: “As we enter an extended period of FBU national strike action, it remains essential that members of our community stay vigilant and take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out, and also take 
extra care when driving on our roads to lessen the chance of a road traffic collision.

“If you do have a fire, do not try to tackle this yourself, get out, stay out and call 999, we will respond.”

The row centres on Government plans to raise 
the retirement age for firefighters from 55 to 60 and increase their pension contributions.

The FBU is opposing the plans because it fears many members could fail the fitness tests required to 
remain on active duty in their late 50s, and therefore will have to leave the service.

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