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Resolve to take care while firefighters are on strike
5:30am Tuesday 31st December 2013 in News
WILTSHIRE Fire & Rescue Service is again reminding people to take extra care when firefighters go out on strike this evening.
As part of a national dispute between the Fire Brigades’ Union and the Government over pension reforms, firefighters will be walking out for six hours from 6.30pm.
A further strike has been called for two hours from 6.30am on the morning of January 3.
During this time, the Fire & Rescue Service will be providing a reduced emergency response, although cover is being maintained across the county.
Chief Fire Officer Simon Routh-Jones said: “New Year’s Eve is a time when people want to celebrate, so we would urge everyone to have a good time but to also take extra care when they’re out and about. Because of the strike, we will have reduced resources available but we are ensuring that we maintain cover to the best of our ability.
“People should still call 999 if they have an emergency – we will attend, but it may take us a little longer than usual to arrive.”
The fire service has issued guidance and some top tips to help you stay safe. Visit www.wiltsfire. gov.uk
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