Firefighters in Hartlepool and East Durham set for strike action

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FIREFIGHTERS will walk out on strike again later this month in a long-running dispute with the Government over pensions.

Fire officers will take action for 24 hours on Thursday, June 12, from 9am until 9am the following day and again on Saturday, June 21, from 10am-5pm, the Fire Brigades Union announced today.

This month’s walkout is the latest in a string of protests which started at the end of last year and is due to a bitter row surrounding pension arrangements between the FBU and the Government.

Ian Hayton, chief fire officer at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “We are disappointed that a negotiated settlement still has not been reached in this national dispute despite the talks between the FBU and the Government and that further strikes have been announced.

“The safety of our communities is, and always will be our number one priority, and I can reassure the public we will provide a professional emergency response throughout any period of disruption.

“We will respond promptly to all emergency calls received as we have in previous industrial action periods and the community volunteers who have come forward to be trained as auxiliary firefighters will play an important part in that response.

“Again we are asking members of the public to take extra care in order to reduce the risk of a fire in their homes, businesses and communities. Over the next week we will provide advice, support and guidance on how to stay safe in the press, online and distributed across Cleveland, so please take some time to access and read this potentially lifesaving information.”

Cleveland Fire Brigade bosses say they have contingency arrangements in place to provide emergency cover during periods of disruption, which includes having fully trained and experienced, professional firefighters supported by auxiliary firefighters.