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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Cumbria firefighters to strike over proposed pension changes

The Fire and Rescue Service has said while there will be a reduced response emergency calls where life is considered to be in danger will be prioritised.

The Fire Brigades’ Union called the strike after a dispute with the Government over proposed changes to firefighter pensions.

Strikes will take place tonight and tomorrow at 6pm to 10pm.

A Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We are fully prepared for the impending strike action and will be putting in place contingency plans to enable us to maintain a fire and rescue service capability like we did during walkouts in September, October and November. We’ll continue to provide the best service we can with the resources available.

“While 999 calls will be answered as normal, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service’s response to incidents where life is considered to be in danger will be prioritised sowe're again asking the people of Cumbria to help us out during the strike by taking additional safety steps to reduce the risks of fire, driving with extra care to avoid the possibility of road traffic collisions and not calling 999 unless it’s a genuine emergency.

“Fires can start for a variety of reasons, from cooking being left unattended, to electrical faults or candles being placed too close to furnishings. The best advice we can give is for everyone to ensure they have a smoke alarm in their home and to check the battery is working at least once a week.

“During the last wave of industrial action on 13 November Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service was able to attend and deal with the two incidents we were called to so we’d urge the public to show the same vigilance again and help the strikes pass off safely.”


Calls for incidents where life is not considered to be at immediate risk such as small fires and automatic fire alarms may receive a reduced or even no response.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service's home fire safety advice is to take extra care with these six steps:

1. If you haven't already got one, install a smoke alarm and test it every week

2. Take extra care in the kitchen - this is where most fires start

3. Check your electrical appliances - turn them off and don't overload sockets

4. If you smoke, put cigarettes out properly

5. Sleep safe - check everything in your home every bedtime

6. Plan a safe escape - make sure you know how to get out of your home in an emergency

Have your say

The Govt.will have to sit down & negotiate
with the Fire service so why don't they get
on with it?
Fire service chiefs appear to be too frightened to speak up in case they lose their jobs & their big pensions.

Posted by G.Bushell on 14 December 2013 at 11:22

The government should be ashamed for trying to implement changes that will see firefighters sacked without a pension for not passing a fitness test at 59. All while giving themselves a pay rise, disgusting.

Posted by Tom on 13 December 2013 at 14:11

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