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Firefighters go on strike
SALISBURY firefighters are planning to strike for five hours on Saturday.
From 6.30pm to 11.30pm the city’s fire station will be closed and members of the Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) will not respond to emergency calls.
Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service is finalising its contingency plans to deal with the second strike in two months, which is due to the FBU’s ongoing national dispute with the government over pension reforms.
During the strike, crews who have chosen not to take part in the industrial action will be responding from alternative locations in the city.
The county’s 14 on-call stations, including Wilton and Amesbury, will be unaffected by the strike.
Chief Fire Officer Simon Routh-Jones said: “I am obviously disappointed that this national dispute between the FBU and the Government is again affecting Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service and, potentially, the communities we are here to serve. We are doing everything we can to maintain the best possible emergency response that we can, given that we will have reduced resources.
“During the industrial action, we will still be responding to 999 calls, but it may take us a little longer than usual to arrive and, with larger premises, we may send a smaller attendance than usual in the first instance.
“We would therefore urge everyone to take extra care on Saturday evening – our website has some helpful advice on how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.”
Two fires broke out in Wiltshire during last month’s strike, on September 22, including a blaze caused by a light fitting at the Superdrug store in Salisbury’s Old George Mall.
For further safety advice visit wiltsfire.gov.uk.
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