Lincolnshire firefighters to strike three days in a row in May

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Firefighters are due to strike on three days in May, but Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue says emergency cover will be provided.

People are being urged to dial 999 in an emergency when the strikes are under way. The Fire Brigades Union has called the strikes for Friday, May 2, from noon to 5pm, Saturday May 3, from 2pm to 2am, and Sunday, May 4, from 10am to 3pm.

Dave Ramscar, Chief Fire Officer at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has plans in place to ensure that we continue to provide an emergency response within the county. We accept that any planned industrial action will impact on our ability to deliver business as usual, but we are confident that the implementation of our plans will enable us to continue to answer 999 calls and to respond to incidents as quickly as possible.

“We continue to remind people to take care when going about their daily business, and that there is further safety advice available on our website and on Twitter @lincsfirerescue.”

The fire service said as good practice “it maintains and tests business continuity plans for all eventualities”. Consequently, the service will maintain an emergency response to 999 calls during this period of strike action.

It added: “We are confident that our robust plans will enable us to answer 999 calls and respond to incidents as quickly as possible, but continue to ask members of the public to be fire safety aware.”

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “After three years of negotiations and an intense four months presenting an indisputable, evidence-based case for the need to ensure a pension scheme that takes into account the unique occupation of firefighting, the government is still burying its head in the sand.

“Several members of government were only too keen to praise firefighters during the winter floods, but their words amount to nothing when they simultaneously ignore issues that threaten the future of firefighters and their families.

“Nevertheless, we remain totally committed to resolving the dispute through negotiation, and are ready to meet to consider a workable proposal as soon as possible.”