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Fire chief's strike warning
2:37pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
FIRE chiefs have warned residents will need to take ‘extra care’ if a strike by staff is carried out.
Officials at Cheshire Fire say contingency plans will ensure it can respond to emergencies.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union last week voted in favour of a national strike by firefighters in protest at Government proposals to change pensions.
Paul Hancock, Cheshire’s chief fire officer, said: “We have put in place procedures that will enable us to continue to protect the communities of Cheshire should the strike go ahead.
“Clearly, however, there will be fewer fire engines and firefighters available than normal and we will be launching a major safety campaign urging residents and businesses to take extra care during any periods of industrial action.”
Clr John Joyce, chairman of Cheshire Fire Authority, said: “It is important to highlight that the strikes being proposed relate to national issues.
“We sincerely hope that any strikes can be avoided but if any action is taken we will be supporting the chief fire officer in making sure there is still an emergency response service available to protect communities.”
Home safety assessments carried out by non-operational staff to high risk household,s and the audits of business premises, will continue regardless of any industrial action, officials added.
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